So after a few months out I am back.
The cycle is fairly well established now – I do a contract, get frustrated, take a break, start looking for the next contract.
What is the frustration?
- If I work in an IT department its their complete determination to do anything except deliver working software to the people who need it (and pay for it)
- If I work in a business role its a. much less frustrating, b. more rewarding, c. bit of a niggle about not getting access to the best tools for the job.
Most recent contracts have been in IT departments.
I have had a great break over the summer, have been doing some teaching at a local college, but now its time to start the long painful search for a new contract.
The process was never fun, but gets even less funner every time. Clients with unrealistic skill set expectations (30 years .net 4.5, 100 years excel 2013 and 50 years Linux kernel debugging etc), and crashing pay rates (seem to be 60% of last year, which was 80% of the year before). Agents with even less knowledge of the business, the market or even IT. Too many alarm words: “prince2”, “visio”, even seen “waterfall” a few times last week!
So anyway I am brushing up my JQuery and Ajax skillz ready to bluff my way into that Useful Spreaddie to Pointless Web App migration project coming to a company near you soon. :-)