Yesterday (Friday) a client finally got back to me with a decision I have been trying to get them to finalize for at least two months. This app was defined as a daily management report but their needs have evolved as we’ve gone along and we have fine-tuned their needs over and over again. That is a great process if you want what you need rather than what you asked for.
I am not sure if this is the correct or final decision, but it is the core critical piece that will hopefully allow me to finally build the application.
But the CFO who sent me the decision and the answers ina file says they want the application done BY MONDAY !! I’m serious. He has been told that by higher-ups who have no idea what’s involved and are upset with the delays – that are totally process and technology at their end.
This has happened too many times to count and when you’re dealing with that level of manager they don’t like “push-back”…
The alternative of a formal, detailed spec with constant on-going change notices is probably the only way to counter this but doesn’t strike me as in their interests – especially when they don’t really know what they want when they start.
It’s soooooo frustrating when all you want t do is help people.