[thechat] No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Conyers, Dwayne dwayne.conyers at hp.com
Mon Apr 6 16:27:33 CDT 2009

Over the past three years, have been working a project to reengineer a paper and sneaker-net system into an on-line workflow.  The lead engineer did everything to block all of my architectural recommendations:

* I recommended an enterprise data model design before coding.  
  He said no dB work needed.  In the end, that proved a 
  critical mistake.

* I recommended against this 3rd party tool that crashed when 
  the vendor demo'ed it.  The engineer insisted on buying it 
  and spent months trying to debug it before giving up... and
  causing us to miss our delivery milestone.

* When the users cried foul because the system did not work
  the way they worked... and there were bugs, I designed an
  architectural document to propose fixes.

My document was declared to be a criticism of the system and I was handed my walking papers by the PM.  The good news... there are a number of people waiting to snap me up to work their project teams.  The bad news... I will really miss this contract.  The perqs were awesome and the location made for a perfect commute.

The generation that took acid to escape reality is now taking antacid to deal with reality

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