Today I found out more about the guy who was gone. He quit to work for a competitor, and either the head of HR or the CEO got mad and told him not to come back in at all. Forgetting that the project manager needed to debrief him about the location and status of the work that he had been doing.
And today found out that a contractor who was scheduled to start on the same project was involved in a car accident, hospitalized, and won't be starting.
The project is in trouble.
Delivery date has not changed. Just get a couple more contract engineers-- they're all replaceable.
And I found out something that makes a lot of sense. The overall manager of engineering-- the one that was responsible for signing off on the woefully inadequate SRD, and who I called incompetent-- I found out what his degree is in. Let's see: manager of engineering, you'd think it would be either engineering or management, right?
All of his experience is in marketing.
And the CEO was the one who set the acceptance date and wouldn't take no for an answer.
Now I know. And I don't care.
77 degrees today. Sunny. And I was inside.