Earlier in my career, I made more assumptions and failed to ask some critical-path questions, which earned me a few scars. I offer you these observations to save you from having to earn all of them yourself.
For those who wrestle with “timing…”
“When responding to an email, please do so in time for the recipient to use the information you’ve provided, instead of what you’ve been doing. Because you current plan of action includes waiting to provide critical information in the last three hours that you’ve know for the last three months.”
“Timing in our business is crucial and these actions will force our vendor to attempt to complete this project in a manner akin to standing on his head while simultaneously begging angels to perform back flips out his nether-regions while simultaneously attempting to set his underwear on fire with a flint rock.”
“You see, flint rock is just not in the budget.”
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. Douglas Adams