On a job site a few years ago, we
were talking about which power
tool could do the most expensive damage
the fastest. I voted for the handheld
power planer, but the consensus
was leaning toward reciprocating saws.
Then, some joker on the crew grabbed
my notebook computer and held it
high in the air. The thunderous ovation
that followed still echoes in my ears.
The crew was right, of course.
Technology — computers, faxes, cell
phones, you name it — acts like an
amplifier. If I'm a sloppy estimator, a
computer helps me to do even more
sloppy estimates — and I do them
faster than ever. If I'm an overly optimistic
scheduler, I can now