I worked with a large Investment bank. Karma bit back – twice.
The project was to migrate all their customer recommendations to a new document management system. The first project manager was a moron.
Me: You have two tasks due next week, both will take me all the available time to do, which is your number one priority?
Project Manager: Both of them!
Two weeks on, he was sacked for lying to the project board about achievables.
He was replaced with a new project manager who was somehow worse.
Me: Your new system doesn’t preserve the original dates of your recommendations, so you will have no way to prove when you told a customer to buy or sell a stock. You need to incorporate that information
New Project Manager: Oh, that would mean a change and I can’t be bothered with all the paperwork for that. I’m sure it won’t matter
Two years later, the client was sued by a customer who claimed that they told him to buy a stock that was already collapsing. They couldn’t prove him wrong. They lost.