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Geographically divided projects

12 February 2004 No Comment

I am currently feeling the pain of a geographically divided project. I am working on a relatively small integration project for a client, but most of the people who are providing me with the software, data, network access, etc. that I need are located clear across the country. Literally 90% of my time has been spent waiting, and unfortunately, my client (which is a rather large corporation) is wasting thounds and thousands of dollars because of it.

I have no doubt in my mind that if most of the major players for this project were loated at the same site and had enough face-to-face time, that the project would be done in 1/4 the time. Voicemails and e-mails do not elicit the level of accountability and expediency necessary to meet deadlines on software projects. At least not that I’ve ever heard of or witnessed.

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