[dba-Tech] OT: Friday Humor:Anewpetitiontosupportoutdated(?)technologies...

Gustav Brock Gustav at cactus.dk
Mon May 2 07:14:55 CDT 2005

Hi Shamil

It sounds like you have met a lot of these bad guys. And unfortunately
you mostly have to learn by experience.

One classic though - which smells really bad - is the small "pilot
project"; if carried out successfully the big project with the fat
budget is waiting for you. However, all sorts of things must be changed
or polished because "the pilot project must be perfect and approved
before we launch the big job". You work like a mad only to find out that
"the big job is canceled by the stupid superiors".


>>> shamil at users.mns.ru 05/02 1:23 pm >>>
Hello Gustav --

> Some of these companies promise you the World
Yes, I have "been there seen that..."

but the bad ones you just have to learn how
> they smell so you can step back before real work is delivered.
Do you have some special "detectors" for this their bad smelling? :)
I mean the cliche words, behavioral patterns they use to postpone
payment or
even cancel any payments?

They are usually in a hurry and don't have time for any, even very
specs - right?
When the first (prototype) version is delivered they change their mind
considerably and are trying to force you to redo a lot and again
without any
specs, formal docs,  advance payments etc. They delay testing of the
software saying their customer didn't pay them yet... They don't have
acceptance test specs, do not want you to spend time to prepare such
in advance and with every test cycle they find new and new "bugs" to
which are in fact change requests etc.etc.

Thank you,
Best regards,
Web: http://smsconsulting.spb.ru/shamil_s 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gustav Brock" <Gustav at cactus.dk>
To: <dba-tech at databaseadvisors.com>
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 12:48 PM
Subject: Re: [dba-Tech] OT: Friday Humor:

> Hi Shamil
> Some of these companies promise you the World but when it comes to
> paying your invoice they try to reduce it, delay the payment - even
> cancel the payment - by whatever method and excuse they can find or
> claiming your delivery to not be as agreed.
> The trick is that you are weak and need your money, thus sooner or
> later you either give up or are ready to whatever compromise just to
> some money. I've seen it all. Of course, most companies employ
> people and behave correctly, but the bad ones you just have to learn
> they smell so you can step back before real work is delivered.
> /gustav
> >>> shamil at users.mns.ru 05/02 3:12 am >>>
> What "worst" should I be prepared for?

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