Jokes are often a very good way of making a serious point. I think it an excellent and non-sexist OP about Openreach's often poor project planning. Then there are different multi-tasking capabilities between women and men has been researched several times - one example
Openreach are dealing with a very complex process, but getting there with commendable speed. In many cases there is nothing wrong with their planning but the unforeseen involved in a lot of underground work on decades-old infrastructure built when computers hadn't even been invented, never mind data communications of the kind we now have, cannot sensibly be built into the plan. Along with that the triggering of each step for each individual cabinet seemed to be event-driven, in that it pointless to request power supply to a cabinet until it us known the FTTC cabinet will ultimately (a) exist, and (b) be precisely in the expected place. All that can be pre-arranged is that the power company involved is made aware of the installation plan with rough dates.
Add in local authority procedures and ....
They therefore apparently adopted the philosophy of team deployment in relatively small areas, but if a particular cabinet proved particularly awkward for some reason it does got temporarily or permanently dropped, in favour of the rest of the area, and the subsequent areas in the overall national project.
Hence all the ongoing delays many unfortunate end users experience, sometimes periods of years.
In the scenario the OP complains about we have an unusual situation, though by now it should be a standard procedure for the relevant department to be liaising with CPs about the changeover. Swapping the phone lines over is routine, but swapping from one FTTC cabinet to another far less so. The new one may even be fed from a different exchange.
Having said that, as an experienced project manager I consider the differences highlighted in the example research aren't highly relevant to what the OP is complaining about. It is a pure failure in the particular project planning, a skill of which I'm not aware of any male/female difference in performance.
So I disagree with the OP's humorously put suggestion. But was it being sexist? No!
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