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Journal of jonasbn (1153)

Friday February 03, 2006
03:34 AM

High-Profile Tasks and Projects

[ #28566 ]

The SOAP task/sub-project I have been involved in all of a sudden became high-profile. This would mean that everybody in the organization knows what it is about.

This also meant that the project I had been informed was low-priority all of a sudden, should finish in practically no time, with status mails and status meetings all the time.

Well I can handle that I have tried it before, but it kind of screwed up my planning, since I run several projects in parallel for different clients.

So I wrote the other client and informed him that I was finishing off this high-profile project and after this focus would be on his project.

I received a mail later on from the client, asking why his project was not high-profile.

I am still pondering on how to explain him, that high-profile is not the same as high-priority and that I as a developer do not regard high-profile as a good thing.

High-profiling tends to involve a lot of people whom are not associated with the project directly and but still have an opinion about it, they do not know technical details and/or the history.

These people are often not technicians, technicians are often very good at recognizing high-profile projects and do not want to be involved in them, they will help you out, they will come with advice - but you can always tell that they think: "Thank god, it is not my project".

I guess I will have to explain the above thing to my client next week when we meet - leaving out the other people part.

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  • Just say high-profile projects are mainly about politics because they involve too many people. Even manager types should immediately grasp what you are talking about and what your role is; they will just see it from their side and will not be aware of the way it looks from yours.

    • The fact is that I am really disappointed of the project management in this case, the project manager is a nice guy, but the project had very limited chance of success given the provided resources, I am not thinking about people, but machinery, environments etc. - so too much was promised to the partner expecting the SOAP interface.

      The only good thing is that I have not been held accountable for my unsuccessful attempt to solve the task at hand.

      The integration towards the partner has been stalled and I am c