Category Archives: talent

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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Passion Project

Thinking about this term I spin in circles like a dog chasing it’s tail.  Projects are my passion.  I am not sure when this love affair began but it burns inside me.  I created a project, PLUS, to share my love for projects with the world.

A project always creates something new.  A project allows me to reach into the depths of my mind and create a masterpiece.  I usually talk to customers.  They are the recipients of my passion.  It takes a lot of work to create magic from flames.  It’s a full body experience.  A project dictates my moves and actions.

When I look at PLUS I say to myself, this was an idea…IN MY HEAD!!  The beauty exists in knowing it is possible.  It’s what I believe giving birth feels like.  Like any other birth, you want to be very careful who DELIVERS your baby.  I’m currently involved in a back alley basement birth while getting illegal butt shots project situation so there is hope on the horizon.

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.

Supporting Entrepreneurs

I am all about spreading the word on programs and people I believe in.

The Atlanta Ascend 2020 program partners with nonprofit community lender Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, Georgia Tech’s ATDC incubator, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and TechSquare Labs, providing an invaluable network for any entrepreneur just starting out.

A three-phase program, it allows education, pre-acceleration, and mentoring to help shape and lift minority-led startups by providing access to resources and networks that may be otherwise hidden.

#support https://www.f6s.com/neoandone

 

Blogging

When reading a blog, rarely do I care what makes you an expert.  I do not research your validity, your background, college, current profession or name.  It’s the topic Mr. Anderson…it’s what I Googled.  It’s what returned.  Where are these people searching for answers on your background on the internet?

It smells.  It’s the taste.  Your facts sound good, prestigious…I didn’t get past the third word in your bio.  Keep it short, keep it factual, shrugs.  Make it sound like music to my ears.