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Pissed off to the max

First let me say, if you are reading this it is not too late.  As a former Flynaut client, I would never recommend hiring them for software development.
Right out of the gate, Flynaut did not adhere to our agreement terms and didn’t meet their commitments to my project. The CEO and the CTO were very welcoming and engaged BEFORE the contract was signed but after that conversations ended with such phrases as the CEO saying things like “I don’t read emails”.  Well he also didn’t answer phone calls.  After Flynaut received my initial payment (October 2017) it was all downhill from there. I gave them the tools to complete my project (e.g. money and a prototype) and to date I have no usable product, code or designs.
Let my experience be a cautionary tale on not choosing a development company based upon a budget. DO NOT DO IT!!!! My project was so behind schedule I only made the initial payment.

For my project, Flynaut never met a delivery date – NEVER.  My project had a completion date of April 30, 2018.  The dates they provided in my agreement were unachievable with the number of resources assigned to my project as that information was none of my business according to Flynaut management.  I was understanding because I know the project lifecycle isn’t always smooth but there was no progress. Flynaut took no action on their side to bring on more or even qualified resources to ensure the product would be delivered on time or even at all.  I showed Flynaut’s CTO the work that was done and he agreed it was below quality and said he would make the necessary changes to ensure my project was completed on schedule.  That was in February.

Flynaut had enough notice and awareness of issues identified to intervene but I was wasting my breath.  The development team classified my direction and requirements for my project as “feedback”.  The project was assigned to a BA/PM/Developer named “Ankit”. This guy created a development plan and left off items that were in scope.  How frustrating!!  When I spoke to management, Shadab and Ayman, and informed them that the assigned Dev team was not developing according to the requirements and needed to be removed immediately, what I received in return was an email that said that that they wanted to keep Ankit on the project and an invoice for work that is so obviously not complete.  At this point, I had already entered 101 JIRA tickets and we weren’t even close to half way through the project…101 JIRA TICKETS LISTING DEFECTS!!! I received several emails asking me to provide approval on work that was “complete” from Ankit and the project coordinator, Rabhina.
They assigned two PMs to my project and couldn’t identify issues with their development plan, development or that it was impossible to deliver my project with the number of resources assigned. SMH. This is a direct quote from me during one of our exchanges: “Please schedule a meeting if you need me to walk you through or if you would like to voice why you aren’t making the changes yet seeking my approval.” Jira tickets I entered were marked complete and ready for retest but no updates were made.  I welcome anybody at Flynaut to go in an verify the JIRA tickets are complete and ready for retest.
Working with Flynaut was a living nightmare. I have worked on many projects in my career and this experience by far has been the worst.  Unbelievably, positively the worst experience of my life.  Save time, money and sanity. I have pictures, emails and videos if you are considering this company for your development needs.  There is room for improvement but it would entail firing everyone from the CEO to the janitor.
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Positivity: Day 11

Day 11 has been a day of gifts. Not only has the day been a present we also received some. The name of my blog is PM by Day and I never really talk about my life as a PM. That’s because I’ve been busy developing an app for you guessed it, project management.  

I am overjoyed. I am really proud of what is being created and I really hope that when it is released next year you check PLUS out. PLUS is the name so burn that into your retinas.  If you want to share some of your project pain points or general work frustrations, feel free to comment. 

Food courtesy of Alma Cocina Atlanta, GA

Positivity: Day 7

I am using this day to catch up on my backlog of managerial tasks.  HELP!! I am wearing so many hats right now I don’t take them off anymore, I just stack them so I don’t have to remind anyone of what it is I actually do.  Needing a change of scenery, I decided to work out of Cafe + Velo.  It’s definitely a place I can focus on my tasks while longing to do something more exciting…it’s still pretty early.

Desperately craving human interaction at the moment.  Today’s focus is happiness.  Enjoyment of the space I am occupying and the activities I am doing.  I’ve never held a job I actually wanted until now.  I wake up bright and early for my 8am meetings because I have passion and a purpose, both were seriously lacking in my previous employment endeavors.  I’m moving with an end game and I couldn’t be happier.  The days are faster and longer at the same time.  Why did it take me so long to pursue being my own boss? Fear.  I read somewhere that on the other side of fear is everything I ever wanted…imagine that.

Dinner. Papi’s Cuban. The mojitos alone make it worth it.

Positivity: Day 6

Day 6 was pretty low key.  Again my focuses were power, success and opulence.  It blows my mind that I am actually creating an app.  My app is my contribution to the project management world.  It is a tried and true method of management that has helped me tremendously in my 13 year career as a project manager and a business analyst.  PLUS (which is my app name) is not just functions that project managers and teams perform routinely.

I attended a Product Management workshop at General Assembly in PCM or Ponce City Market for those not in the know.  I wanted to verify if I was on track with my project since it is a product but I am not a “product manager” and turns out I am.  I am willing it into fruition.

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Positivity: Day 4

This day is going by so fast.  I’ve already accomplished so much today.  Updated my white board with today’s focuses.  Washed my bed linens.  Never knew how relaxing that could be.  The heat from the dryers on my back.  Have you ever pressed against a dryer? The heat is so soothing.  Realized that living with myself has it’s benefits.  I do laundry.  I get my meals cooked sometimes. I play music as loud as I want. I watch what I please.  The only noises I hear are the ones I allow in my space.

I was complimented at the laundry.  He said I was beautiful.  I gracefully said thank you.  Project great energy and push through and you will receive the same in return.  I’ve dropped a couple pounds.  This is symbolic of not only needing to do laundry more but washing away the negativity and bad thoughts that easily overshadow a great situation.

Positivity: Day 3

The day went so fast. I was calm and I listened. I gained another customer today for PLUS. I realized how simplifing makes a lot of difference.

Positivity is winning. I’ve been practicing my PLUS speech.  It needs some work. I have a long way to go but it’s coming together. If anyone wants to hear it let me know.

Everyday is more of the same which is the point. How else am I going to perfect? They say practice makes everything perfect and I want to see how far it takes me.