As he drones on, cold sweat starts to run down my neck. This can’t be. No, not again!
I mean, whats wrong with the database they have? You can add documents, write text, categorize, etc. It’s an old Notes 4.x beast but still runs smoothly on a Domino 5 Server. Why change? Why spend a lot of manpower and unbillable hours reshuffeling old docs and reinventing categories?
I have seen it before. It starts with good intentions and ends in a bloddy mess. Belive me! And that’s even before the Quality Assurance guys start to intervene. Ahhh, the horror! Nevermore, nevermore!
But it’s probably inevitable. I will sit through hours of unnecessary meetings, will nod to mindboggling stupid proposals and will then have to adapt one of the available document libraries on the net to the wishes of some braindead conslutant.
And it will probably get even worse. This conslutant has „experience with Notes”. Not that he is certified or has several years of experience – no! He has used Notes before – not directly, mind you, but through a tool, which sperated him from the nitty, gritty details. And now he wants to design and implement a documentation library for a 30+ person project for one of the bigger IT-Projects in Austria.
I would like to leave you with the immortal words of Douglas Adams (slightly paraphrased):
The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy defines consultants as ‘a bunch of mindless jerks who’ll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes’.
If your hear someone scream in Vienna over the next few days, that’s probably me.