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Developer thinks he'll make a better PM

Posted by zarar on November 8, 2005 at 12:03 PM PST

Although I've been a core developer for a significant part of my career, I do often come in contact with the business-types who drone on about requirements while the eager-to-please IT shop keeps saying yes to even the most unfathomable requests. After all the yes's have been nodded and all the necessary hands shaken, the Project Manager brings a steep pile of 8.5 x 11's to the developers along with a pat on the back and a confidence inspiring wink. Boo Yeah! The project has started.

A meeting is held by all parties involved only to be cut short by 12:00 PM and the ensuing two hour lunch break. The developers are left figuring what this stack of paper is trying to say. The front page is pretty clear, "Inventory Management System" it says. On the second page there's something about Java being a requirement. There's also a due date. They start working.

Fast forward to five months later. The stack of paper has a lot of writing on it. Lines have been scribbled and crossed out. Along with bits and pieces of scribble, you'll also find pepperoni stains and some fluids which can best be ascribed to coke spills. Lots of code has been written, some of it has even been tested. The programmers are feeling fairly confident, the PM has his ass covered, anything goes wrong, and he