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Dan Fockler

Working with a 3rd party to integrate our software into their product via API. I was working in a different state than them (luckily in the same timezone). Most of the other devs at the 3rd party company spoke English as a second language, and there was a power imbalance because their company was much larger than ours, so a lot of politics involved. Aside from the obvious technical issues of integration, just getting everyone on the same page was incredibly difficult and time-consuming. Large companies have their own problems with internal communications and getting them to give us resources outside of the department we were working with was next to impossible, which effected our technical solutions. Needless to say it was a slow and arduous process.