Andy Wormer, editor of sister-publication Professional Deck Builder and executive editor of JLC, has written a must-read for everyone out there building decks. The first paragraph (and more) arguably apply to anyone building anything:
If you’re not familiar with the Fast-Cheap-Good project triangle, you should be. That’s because it’s a great tool—applicable to virtually any line of business—for recognizing and dealing with unrealistic clients. You know who I’m talking about: the ones who seemingly demand museum-quality work on a tight schedule, all at a discounted rate. While they might not understand when you tell them it will cost more to build a high-quality deck in time for their daughter’s wedding or the big company picnic later that summer, they probably will understand when you patiently break it down for them and explain that they have to pick two out of three.