What are some signs that your project at work is ending?

ItsASine (Kayla) on October 23, 2018

I've been on multiple projects at my current workplace and am wondering if other people have the same signs that a project is sunsetting. Note: I... [Read Full]
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Here's some I have seen in the past...

  • significant changes to scope.
  • feedback ignored/dismissed.
  • crickets/dear-in-headlights when you ask about the next phase.
  • pushing back on deadline is impossible, regardless to scope change(s).
  • team member(s) re-assigned
  • service is down but no one cares to tell anyone about the outage, let alone fix it.
 

service is down but no one cares to tell anyone about the outage, let alone fix it.

My post about breaking the login is exactly this 😬

 

pushing back on deadline is impossible, regardless to scope change(s)

Heh, sounds like most of my projects were doomed from the start ;)

 

Great discussion! I don't have a lot of big org experience, but from freelancing in my past, communication tends to get less frequent until they basically ghost you.

 

Startups:

  • Founders are excited about some new shiny thing.
 

Oh man, I just saw on LinkedIn a CEO/founder I know added being CTO/Founder of another startup to his profile. RIP my friends at his old place.

 

Yep. I've had that done when working as a contractor. It's pretty dumb since I was a contractor. Why not be up front about it?

As an employee, you get sidelined doing support and doing nothing, like they hope you'll just leave. Or else, they'll figure out a way to "reduction in force" you like giving you a bad review or the like. Once again, a dumb and often dishonest way to do things.

 

In my experience, it was any of these

  • team isn't meeting expectations but can't easily be replaced
  • developers gossiping about other projects more than normal
  • developers not being challenged enough
  • project costing more money than it produces, while management diverts attention to new projects
 

I've experienced PMs being reshuffled but also finding out from other employees because upper management didn't bother being upfront with contractors πŸ€”πŸ€£

I've also worked on absolutely pointless prototypes because market research wasn't done and then when the truth caught up it was suddenly not a priority anymore ✌🏾

 

From an agency-perspective it is a good indicator your company is being phased out by a client when they hire other agencies/freelancers to work on the same thing.

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