reply to post by _Del_
Yes, and yes. I also wouldn't mind taking their money for it.
So far I think our record effective per-hour cost for a major system repair of someone else's design is something like $125,000, which we've done
three times but never bettered.
The first time there was an aerospace company Who Shall Not Be Named, was having a pesky issue with avionics, I walked out to the flight line for the
walk through, pulled the control board, looked at it, asked if they had a couple more, looked at them, whupped out my tool kit, fixed a solder joint,
shoved it back in and hit the 'go' button. Fixed. Time: 15 minutes.
They had a part layout issue that 'shaded' a surface mount passive part in the solder wave, left a joint open consistently. No one caught it for some
reason. Thank god we signed the contract before I saw it, I am not sure I could have charged them for it if I'd seen it first. But after, you betcha.
You mess with the bull by demanding a fixed amount contract so I couldn't drag the evaluation phase hours out, you got the horns when I fixed it in 15
minutes. That'll be one contract of $30K plus expenses, see you guys at the pool.
"But, you aren't really going to charge us are you?"
"Oh, hell yes. Whose idea was it to make the evaluation a fixed rate?"
"Ok, go back and explain how you will be paying the whole thing. You wanted it, you got it. BTW, we don't pad hours. It's never a good idea to
contract us for fixed rate, if you don't like this sort of thing happening"
edit on 23-5-2013 by Bedlam because: (no reason given)