I agree that there is need for a forum for discussions. 

I just had a situation where I found a COBOL guy to help an organization 
that was in trouble and had given up entirely on ever finishing the 
project, let alone finishing it on deadline.  We finished the project with 
nearly a half day to spare and sent an invoice and heard nothing.  One 
phone call to follow up was all that was needed to realize that we weren't 
supposed to be successful with the project; we'd been hired to fail and 
prove the need for big-budget changes in the affected department. (That is 
a conclusion I drew, not provable anywhere).  As a result the department 
manager discounted our invoice by 2/3rds. 

So, has anyone had this sort of thing happen?  What do you do?  Are 
lawyers worth the trouble?

I wish there was a forum where a discussion of this topic would be 
on-topic.


_______________________
Booth Martin
boothm@earth.goddard.edu
http://www.spy.net/~booth
_______________________




Mark Lazarus <mlazarus@ttec.com>
Sent by: owner-midrange-l@midrange.com
11/20/1999 05:12 PM
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        To:     MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
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        Subject:        Re: *** ADMIN: Consultants forum?

Larry, James, et al,

At 12:00 AM 11/14/99 -0500, you wrote:
>I too am one of us and find myself agreeing with James.  We certainly
wouldn't be
>looking for clients there because, well, their wouldn't be any!  I just 
can't
>imagine what we would 'talk' about that can't be covered here on 
Midrange-L.

>> IMHO, as a consultant, I'm hard pressed to find value in such a list.
 
>> Now I could be very wrong, but I imagine the first round of postings
>> would be a series of chest pounding to gain position by bragging
>> rights.  After that, no one would divulge their perceived competitive
>> edge.

 Here's my opinion on this.  I think that it can be a useful forum.  This
would be especially true for the little guy (i.e. a 1 man consulting 
shop.) 

 Some possible topics:

- Subcontracting
- Rates for a service for a particular area
- Contract samples

 IMHO, it should be allowed to post opportunities and consultants seeking
work.

 -mark
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