I was working for a company in a completely dysfunctional team. While looking for options to find a path out of that team, I learned that IT was going to be implementing a new tool that I had experience with. I took a few more courses and certifications with the aim of freelancing myself to the other team and eventually gain enough trust and experience to move out of my dysfunctional department.
It turned out the tool was going to be implemented on MY team, so I was the only one in the unique position of knowing my job inside and out plus having certifications on the tool. I managed to get myself onto the project, and jumped on the first conference call to plan how the tool should be used.
Boss: The information we need isn’t currently in the system, so we can’t tell it to send emails.
Me: Let’s just add a table so w…
Boss: It’s too hard and expensive to add new tables to our existing systems.
Me: I didn’t mean add to the system. You can create a simple table in Excel and upload it to the tool, then just tell the tool how to incorporate the information.
Boss: This tool can’t DO that.
Me: (irritated at being interrupted) Yes, it can.
I explained how and why.
And that was how I was kicked off of a program implementation and given the silent treatment when I was the only one who knew both the tool and how my department worked.
Apparently, it’s more important to not offend a director than to properly implement a new expensive IT tool.
I left a few months later, I’m curious how/if the rollout went.