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    why do I spend the entirity of the twice daily status meetings trying not to laugh out loud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eek View Post
    why do I spend the entirity of the twice daily status meetings trying not to laugh out loud.
    Because shortly that'll be three daily status meetings in the 'war room'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eek View Post
    why do I spend the entirity of the twice daily status meetings trying not to laugh out loud.
    Is it laugh or cry?

    Or have you been blessed with the gift of schadenfreude?

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    It's laughter definitely laughter. Every time I look at something a wonder who on earth could ignore a project for 6 months and then notice it's missing 50% of required functionality 2 weeks before release

    It wouldn't be so bad but it's a minor rewrite of An existing system to remove a dodgy third party component.
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    are you dev, test, PM?

    unless they think they can make you the scapegoat and get away with it (eg. you get the boot) then it'll probably be fairly interesting, you can only do your best to manage what can be done in the time.

    If it was permies that caused the problem, you can find lots of ways to needle them "incomplete requirements", "lack of planning", "poor resourcing" etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eek View Post
    It's laughter definitely laughter. Every time I look at something a wonder who on earth could ignore a project for 6 months and then notice it's missing 50% of required functionality 2 weeks before release

    It wouldn't be so bad but it's a minor rewrite of An existing system to remove a dodgy third party component.
    Well, if you will insist in accepting work from brand new members in the professional forums who don't actually know what's wrong with their existing solution but who nonetheless insist there's only half a day's work needing doing, and who offer a budget of a whole £75 ("plus VAT if need be!") for that "half-day's" work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentile View Post
    Well, if you will insist in accepting work from brand new members in the professional forums who don't actually know what's wrong with their existing solution but who nonetheless insist there's only half a day's work needing doing, and who offer a budget of a whole £75 ("plus VAT if need be!") for that "half-day's" work...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentile View Post
    Well, if you will insist in accepting work from brand new members in the professional forums who don't actually know what's wrong with their existing solution but who nonetheless insist there's only half a day's work needing doing, and who offer a budget of a whole £75 ("plus VAT if need be!") for that "half-day's" work...
    I wasn't going near that. i'm happy to do emergency problem solving for new clients but the waiting list is 6 months at the moment.

    Also plan c which we've discussed before means I won't be getting out of bed for less than £2k a day once this contracts done and dusted.
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    The more a project gets into the tulip the more timewasting meetings and status reports will be demanded by managermen.

    This is an iron law of project failure and it can only be resolved by strangling said managermen, but seeing as that's illegal we'll just have to live with it and invoice the stupid bastards .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mich the Tester View Post
    The more a project gets into the tulip the more timewasting meetings and status reports will be demanded by managermen.

    This is an iron law of project failure and it can only be resolved by strangling said managermen, but seeing as that's illegal we'll just have to live with it and invoice the stupid bastards .
    And also senior management and board members will wade in and want a slice of the pie and add more meetings and paperwork
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