Well that’s three years of my life then ….

Suddenly, in the weird way that projects finish, the project I’ve spent three years on is done.

Actually it’s not done, the final reports need to be formally accepted, and the final invoices issued, but it’s over. No more documentation, timelines, unit tests or anything like that. Just that sudden realisation that everything is signed off and all the acceptance tests are complete, and it’s no longer dominating your life.

A strange, flat feeling. I remember one project I did there was a big launch with speeches and nibbles, and I should have been happy, but I wasn’t – sure I was glad it was over, but it was tinged with the realisation that it wasn’t mine anymore – it had been handed over to production.

About another project I wrote


posted Wed, 24 Aug 2005 16:06:50 -0700

… and suddenly it all works. 

The asset management system passes all tests, we have a configured system. Now all we need to do is to learn to (a) use it and (b) customise it. 

projects are always wierd like this – suddenly they’re just done

Very true, and it’s something that they don’t teach you about on project management courses …


About dgm

Former IT professional, previously a digital archiving and repository person, ex research psychologist, blogger, twitterer, and amateur classical medieval and nineteenth century historian ...
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