"Frank's skill in asking the right questions is un-mistakable, and is at the core of his leadership philosophy.

The power of these questions cannot be underestimated, especially if you want to lead and not manage."
—John Cave
Westhaven Worldwide Logistics

Descent into Hell

When you are familiar with the software industry you know that deadlines are always set very tight.  Most are so unrealistically they will never be reached.

But how often is this nothing else then poor management style?  Here is this company with a CTO and three project leads, one analyst, one tester, one GUI designer, two junior programmer, one programmer and three senior programmers.

How blind can a management team be?  Even the lead programmer admitted in meetings that the programming team would be coding to the deadlines instead of the design.  Essentially that it is a real big mess.

And it was getting worst by the day.  A new compiler version just came out and another one will be out when approaching the deadline.  Tools used were all over bugtrack: Holes here and there.  Did management care?  Nope, they just waited until the customer complained and then management went into the deserved weekend while the plebus worked...

Now let's take a closer look at this situation:

Mind you that management decided to lie about the implementation deadlines set from the customer.

Many of the problems could have been easily avoided with more honesty towards the employees and team without the management overhead.


 
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