Over the past year, I had been gradually working on a project to set up a locally-hosted bug tracker for use within the company. It was essentially complete within a few months, but finishing touches depended on several managers (including the head of the company) who ignored and dragged their heels whenever asked.
Last week the head of the company killed the project, citing time spent on maintenance. Instead we are to start looking at other, cloud-based solutions, and research of this was given to one of the other managers. (It was very apparent that the only reason the cloud-based solution was considered at all was that this other manager was far more pressing about a bug tracker than I could be.)
I have been considering looking for another job for a while (this is but one of many reasons), and it's time I polish up my resume.
This project taught me a lot of how these systems work, as well as many of the tools used to do so. It was by far the most educational experience at the company. Regardless of how it ended, the skills I learned from it I will try to list prominently on my resume.
However, if I put this project on my resume, an interviewer is likely to ask what value I added to my prior employer with that project. And technically I wasn't able to add any. The head of the company always saw the project as a waste, so it never got off the ground.
I want to provide an example of the skills I've acquired, and the project was very nearly successful. Can I put this project on my resume (or even mention it in an interview) without putting myself in the awkward position of having to try to justify a killed project?