An anonymous reader writes: It happens time and time again. An IT consultant is brought onto a project, but days or weeks (sometimes months!) go by until the consultant has a chance to do something useful. There are many tasks that need to be done before the consultant can fall into the daily grind, for example: acquiring a workstation, getting required credentials for logging in, getting the location of the coffee machine, parking pass, etc. For the IT consultants out there...what things can the client do to help you hit the ground running? What should the client have prepared for you on the first day to get things going?