RE: rounding up my straying projects

Subject: RE: rounding up my straying projects
From: "Gilger.John" <JGilger -at- acresgaming -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 07:21:33 -0700


Use a CYA memo to the boss who supervises you, the programmers, the SME's,
and the Project Managers and cc them.

Call it a status update and describe the status of all of your projects,
good and bad, in clear factual terms without making accusations. For
example: Project 2 was delivered to Jane Doe, the Subject Matter Expert, on
3/17/01 for review.

This usually gets their attention. If they get hostile about it, explain
that you do not intend to take the heat for their dawdling.

John Gilger
Senior Technical Writer
Acres Gaming, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Kim Forbes [mailto:kim_portonova -at- hotmail -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2001 05:41 AM
Subject: rounding up my straying projects

The second project was a combined User manual, policy
and procedure manual, and training guide. I completed it on time and it came

in at around 300 pages. I handed it to the SMEs about 2 months ago for
review. (That is the way they wanted to review it--as a whole) and then they

have told me that they are too busy to review it. So that project is on
hold. I've nudged them a couple of times, asked if there was anything they
would like me to do with the project, but I've been blown off.

The third project, well, how do I start. . . (It is so bad it deserves its
own paragraph :)) It was started because a small, but difficult, department
needed a way to track their call center calls. Our programmers wanted to try

to build a project in Java. Three project managers later I have an unusable
program. I told the project manager that I could not document it because it
didn't work. (Honest!! It just didn't work. It crashed, buttons didn't work,

I couldn't leave the first screen, I got lost in 4 (yes, 4) layers of pop-up


How do I round up these last two wild children projects of mine?

Kim Forbes


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