Major Airline spins off Web Agency.
It goes to 5 years and 50 mill invested.
Powers that be realize its poo, and flush it.
Now - heres the kicker - the same "usual gang of idiots" are in charge of redoing it with a new vendor! A key failure in the original was fuzzy/shifting specs. Now its all starting again with a Euro group, after going thru 3 other groups.
I think its time to hang up my big red shoes.
Let the Circus continue without the Clowns.
Le réalité et toi, vous ne vous entendez pas, n'est-ce pas?
VCs fund a startup to the tune of tens of millions for less than a decade. Startup has less than a couple of dozen customers and may run out of money within the next year. It has not yet achieved critcal mass in it's area of focus. Company execs have reprimanded those in sales who have brought in substantial follow on sales revenue from existing customers. Evidently beggars can be choosers and new customer dollars are worth more than those of existing customers.
Efforts have been made to protect the identity of the guilty in this case.
Send in the clowns. Let them wear pinstripes and red shoes (with matching nose and tie) with a high polish.
Changing the gang of idiots might not change anything because....
A major problem. Usually either directly or indirectly managers select their replacements.
By indirectly, I refer to the fact that they interview and select their juniors and subsequently train them, then when the s* hits the fan and they are fired, those juniors are in line to replace them.
They obviously select these juniors based on characteristics they admire and value - which can be the very characteristics that cause the s* to hit the fan!
The choice usually becomes either keep/promote the juniors because of their knowledge base, or clean broom and lose all that knowledge, and take the hit of delays while new boys come up to speed (then of course, there is always the probability that the new boys are selected on the same basis.....).
Enforced industry standards and methods can diluite this effect - or equally re-inforce it!
I worked for a company that had red, yellow and green projects. Green was on budget on time, yellow was less than 2 million over budget or more than 6 months behind schedule and red was more than 10 million over budget or 1 year behind schedule. I worked on 3 projects for this company and they were all classified red and in fact, now that I come to think of it, I don't recall ever hearing of a green project. Would have been nice idea though.
This outfit worked like most other large corporations: hire contractors on a by-project basis to 'minimize' costs. Let them learn the systems and when the project ends, release them all and start again with a new bunch of idiots. The sales staff are the real clowns though - they go in and agree the requirements, get their bonus and move on. Meanwhile the development team is left to deal with implementing an impossible set of badly specified requirements and have to deal with all the chaos that follows. Grrrrrrrrrr, clown city.