How I wish the parent were wrong, but he is dead on the spot. Unfortunately, unless you can convince someone up the chain that quality matters, you are going to keep in state forever. Quality is not free, though the returns outweigh the costs. I can assume that the OP just gets a request get M features in N time, when it will certainly take 2N to create the features, and there is no way to either change M or N.
So my advice is the same, just polish your resume.