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I was in a meeting with a coworker, my direct supervisor, and their direct supervisor (the head honcho, which I will call the PHB.)

As folks are gathering in the office, having not talked to the PBH for a few days, I ask "How was your weekend?" Response: "Fine, let's get started."

The PBH has a list of concerns/questions on his monitor. His office is so configured that if you sit directly across his desk, you can't see him because the monitors are in the way. If you sit at the table, you're talking to his back as he looks at his screen.

So, the PBH proceeds to ask the questions he's come up with on the monitor. Doesn't turn around to ask them, he basically asks them to his monitor. We respond, and he types in our responses.

Near the end of the meeting, he loudly grouses about how long the project has taken, and another project, dependent on my project, is starting to slip. I say something about the complexity of the project and the unexpected things we discovered (like how bad our data is, that needed to be cleaned up, bugs in things I'm dependent on, like reversing street and mailing addresses, and missing values from that code when it deserializes the XML into data structures, etc.)

The PBH response is basically, this project has taken ages, we need to finish it so that it is, and I quote "done, Done, DONE!"

What was missing from this conversation was:

1) What lessons have we learned so we don't make the same mistakes again?
2) What could management have done better?
3) Even though it's late in the game, would an additional developer or two help? (I'm the only developer on this massive project.)
4) Gee Marc, I really appreciate your hard work and diligence in making sure everything is done right.

Now granted, regarding #3, I could have raised that flag myself earlier in the game, but to my (poor) defense, and to my second failure, I really didn't understand the scope of the project. And by "scope", I mean the lack of documentation of how the company's data "works" depending on the line of business, how buggy the data was, etc.

So, here's a toast to Dilbert, the hero of all of our nightmare projects and PHB's! Beer | [beer]
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