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Apr 19, 2013
Like management telling us how much we need to satisfy the customers then thwart it by cutting overtime to meet their own projections. No wonder it takes years to get projects done.
Apr 19, 2013
@ BritTim
Not only software...

I was in roadway project, with two basic alternatives. Alternative "A" was the clearer winner: shorter, less expensive (about half the cost!) and serving the most important towns.

Big boss had said to some people: "We will build Alternative B". So he decided that project should follow this alternative.

As far as I understand, the roadway was never built....
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Apr 19, 2013
It he wanted to thwart a rival all he needs to do is to beef up Wallys resume and let the rival "steal it" from him.
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Apr 19, 2013
This explains something that has puzzled me for a long time: why government IT projects are always insanely expensive (as well as taking about 30 years). The cost of engineering solutions is directly proportional to the level of politics in the decision making, and nothing is more political than government.
Apr 19, 2013
Senior managers doing things for their own political gain? Now there's a surprise.

I was once asked to do an "independent" report on production line issues, it was a bit manufacturing vs engineering I sensed.
When all the evidence and conclusion pointed to mostly manufacturing problems, I was requested by the senior manufacturing boss to NOT publish the report.

A fact of corporate life, the higher you go, the more political it gets.
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