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Friday, February 01, 2002

I keep getting angry in different ways about the situation at the office. The one that crept up on me last night in the shower was what a fantastic job of crippling the success of the project they have just done.

The reason I had to interview for a job now rather than closer to the end of the project was because the other PeopleSoft project on campus was ending on March 1st. My project doesn't end until April 30th (which is when I get laid off). What they failed to consider was that 2 months in the lifetime of a project is an eternity. Now everyone is either moving into other jobs as of March 1st, or is so thoroughly demotivated that they can't be bothered to work the hours necessary to the success of the project. We have another major rollout in March, but I have to wonder who will be left to do the work. On my team's end alone there's a new training guide that needs to be written, tons of new job aids, new classes to be taught, and then we also need to keep up with the existing tech support load (which is currently a 12-16 hour a day workload). I for one am looking for a job elsewhere and could move off the project in as little as two weeks if asked because somehow my loyalty to the project kinda went down the toilet yesterday. I know Maria is also looking for a job and could jump ship at any moment. Barb is really looking forward to the end of the project, and I think she's out of here as of the end of March. Jo-Ann moves over to the AS job on March 1st. So that basically leaves Val to do all of the above mentioned work.

So my gripe is that they really needed to continue treating these two projects as two projects, and by treating them as one, they've managed to seriously cripple the second project. If I were the project manager, I'd be having some serious words to say about doing that to the team. When I think of the difference between where we were at the end of October vs. the end of December (we were writing the training materials in October, but by the end of December we had 85% of the staff retrained) or the difference between the end of November and the end of January (we were just starting the training at the end of November, firmly convinced that it was too soon (and it was), but by the end of January we'd been live for four weeks and had accumulated 1400 support tickets), it just loudly points out how very long 2 months is in terms of a project. If they'd had any sense of just how long that is, they would've hired the PeopleSoft Student Administration folks now, and would've waited on even talking to us about it all until at least March 1st to put us on the same basic schedule as the other team (one month to do interviews, then one month of notice before being laid off). Now with 90 days notice, I guarantee that this building will be a ghost town well before those 90 days are up.

And that's a damned shame, because there is a lot of really really important work left to be done.

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