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Fairly large project put on hold -- looking for something interesting to work on

By Andrew Pollack on 11/20/2008 at 09:25 AM EST

In the course of the last month, I've had two fairly good sized projects either scale way back or get put on indefinite hold. Sign of the times? In one case it is related to the economy so I guess you can say that. In the other case its a fairly typical thing where the people who want the work done got stopped by the I.T. department who wants to do it themselves with different (though as yet undefined) technology. That one will come back to me in the spring once they fail.

In any case, I'd love to find something interesting to work on in the meantime. Until then, Its time to get back to the NCT products and give them a refresh.


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re: Fairly large project put on hold -- looking for something interesting to work onBy Dave A on 11/20/2008 at 11:31 AM EST
That's funny.

I work in IT, and our projects get put on hold all the time because the PMO
wants to take them over and have consultants do them.
Our attitude is always, "We'll pick them back up again in the spring, once the
consultants fail."
I'm sure it goes both waysBy Andrew Pollack on 11/20/2008 at 11:36 AM EST
Usually, I'm not called in by a business unit unless they're already convinced
that they'll be let down internally. That means I'm sure the I.T. departments
in those cases aren't the best in the industry.

If your consultants are failing, you need better ones.
re: I'm sure it goes both waysBy Dave A on 11/20/2008 at 03:50 PM EST
Yes, we've communicated the need for better consultants. I actually love it
when someone good comes in and runs a good project. It is just too bad that
those are few and far between. Which means we might need better project
managers. :)
re: Fairly large project put on hold -- looking for something interesting to work onBy Jo Grant on 11/20/2008 at 12:49 PM EST
Write a facebook app using XPages. :-) I got far enough along to prove it could
be done, but other stuff precluded me doing something deliverable.


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