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But also, as I discover now, they are a typical way for the management to blame the developers for wasting time and not even have delivered a simple product yet despite all the development time already spent!
Are you talking about specs that change in the middle of the development cycle? Any non-trivial change to a spec should be met with the statement that the schedule must be revisited. If management disagrees, any sensible jury will see it as justifiable GBH if you kick them in the groin with all your might.
Yes, that's what I am talking about.
Moving spec are treated with a "how come this doesn't do it already" question?!
It's not like there is a nice spec document, it's n house development and spec are "discovered" as we go...
I am a contractor too now, it pays well!
1 year in my first 3 months contract
Anyway, ideally I'd like it to keep on going with a friendly ending! People there are nice too... Just there is a bit of stress right now, and the CIO has a slight tendency to do management by bullying, but only slight!
My experience has been be careful what jobs you take. I've actually had one outfit hire me to take the blame for a project that was sunk before I got there - of course I didn't know that when I took the job, but it became clear pretty quickly.
I was more careful about taking short term contracts after that.