|Learning a lesson from the Gipper.|
My daytime career has seen the transition from consultant to full time employee. This is the first time in over five years; I have not been on the consulting merry-go-round. It is nice to have developed a modicum of trust and to know that I am not going to be cast off like a dirty piece of facial tissue. I am also looking forward to medical insurance. Still, it makes me wonder why it took over four years to find a place to call home.
I have also spent the last four weeks compensating for the malpractice of some consultants I worked with. I took it for granted that they were the same kind of professionals I was and that they were committed to getting the project done on time and on budget. I was grossly deceived.
After some investigation, my team lead and I discovered that unit tests were rigged to pass rather than testing actual functionality. Stubs were put into place instead of connections to a database and worst of all, instructions and code reviews were ignored.
We were left with software one third complete and two weeks prior to release date. I felt a mixture of feelings but the most dominant one was betrayal. I trusted these individuals to help get the work done and they did the bare minimum to create the illusion of completion.
All this has reminded me about a nugget of wisdom from Ronald Regan, "Trust, but verify." I trusted the work of the consultants too much and my reward was four weeks of crunch time where we condensed nine weeks' worth of work into numerous 12 hour days.
I will need to be less trusting as a manager and verify the work of my colleagues with a much more critical eye. If I am going to be a leader I will have to internalize that lesson. Otherwise, I am going to have a lot more hectic weeks and unhappy customers.
Until next time.