Cheap, Fast, and Good – The Project Management Triangle

I’m always a little puzzled when I’m asked by clients to do things ‘quickly’, ‘simply’, or ‘cheaply’. Not that I don’t understand what these things mean, rather I am unsure what their expectation is of me. Inevitably, I have to explain that I would be happy to give them what they want, but I have to know what else is important to them in terms of completing the project. Do you want it simple and cheap, cheap and quick, or quick and simple?

And then they look a little puzzled, too.
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