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Sung M. Kim • Edited

I had a 2 week long project (initial estimation) that lasted for 5 months.

Problems.

  1. 🔬 The scope was never defined - There was no "done" state.
  2. 📝 Requests/Changes were never documented - steakholders kept on making changes not in alignment with previous requests. But having no documentation, I could not prove that the change request would invalidate all previous implementations.
  3. 👩‍🍳 Too many cooks - There were multiple "managers" involved and each had a say on how to proceed whenever a new feature/change was needed.

Not having a clear ☀️ vision of what the outcome would look like, I was able to muddle through but it was such a horrible 😱 experience.

But now I am now armed 💪 with the experience how to prevent from that ever happening.

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Nick

It will be awesome if you could write and article about this!

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Sung M. Kim • Edited

Thank you for the suggestion, @nicolasguzca .

I will try if I can come up with an outline but might not happen if it comes down to talking behind their back.