I don't know how to approach my management team about this issue without sounding 'elitist', or like I have a bad attitude.
Quite often deadlines and requirements are handed to my team at the last minute. Discussing with my Senior Developer, we agree we need to set our own expectations, but we also need the support of our managers.
We've talked about a minimum of two weeks notice with the exception of an 'act of God', however in practice requirements are still sent to us at the last minute to the extent that we often work additional hours to get things done.
Now. I've worked in numerous roles over the years and full time development needs downtime. Lots of it.
How would I express this without feeling like I am 'better' than the sales or dispatch teams -all of whom work very hard and feel the same pressure- that working back three hours to meet a deadline kills the rest of my working week?