(This is a work of fiction. Resemblance to any company, project or people is unintentional.)
Grey Matter was sold to the NEW company. The BIG project was supposed to be a major reason for this sale. The NEW company believed it had the ability to bring the project back on track and they had good reason to do so. They were expecting "many more similar sized projects" if this went well. Ah, the lure of more work! This has done so many people in.
The NEW company did what it could do best. Throw highly qualified and experienced people at the project. And expect it to be done. Unfortunately, that did not work.
Introducing Mr. Smart Alec. He thought he could solve all the world's software problems. This should be a piece of cake. Accompanied by Mr. Jack-of-all-trades who was the NEW company's handy boy. He looked after everything from database design to uncomfortable chairs. Ouch!
Together they brought on chaos. The developers were already fatigued with all the hullabaloo over the acquisition and the concomitant unkept promises. The dynamic duo had to instill enthusiasm into the team. They threatened them instead. Tch tch. Didn't work.
To add to the confusion, the NEW company added more heavyweights to the team thinking that they could solve all the problems. What was needed was more hands-on people. What they added was a bunch of managers. What are managers? Managers, as an old saying goes, is a bunch of people who cannot do anything, but they keep meeting and decide that nothing can be done! So it was with the BIG project.
Where do I fit in in all this?
Well, I was involved with the BIG project for a few months too. This was just before the company was sold. So, I am also equally responsible for the failure of the project. I should have done more. Used more common sense. There was this sense however to not go against the tide. This is a major problem with me as a person. I don't always go against the tide. I am more comfortable agreeing with everyone - supposedly more knowledgeable and experienced than me. I must learn not to do this. I must ask myself - what I think should really be done. And then listen to the answer.