One of my colleagues told everyone at work that her final year project, an Android mobile app, has been approved. I don't think highly of this project as it is a copy of another app already published in the Play Store. I have seen the code because she asked for my help several times, and I noticed that the code doesn't follow good coding and UI practices. I advised her to look at some best practices and UI books, but unfortunately, I was ignored.
I think her project advisor should not have even approved the project, but it has been approved with a score of 7/10. All the other colleagues are complimenting her for it. This has put me in a awkward situation, and I am faced with this question: Is it advised to congratulate a colleague for an achievement that I don't think is worth it?
My point of view is almost the same as Professor Fletcher, from the Whiplash movie:
There are no two words in the English language more harmful than "good job".
It is even worse when the job is actually not good. If I congratulate her for it, there's a high chance she will do that again. She would also be less receptive to feedback when someone points out other (better!) ways to do things.
On the same day I posted this question, we had a team lunch, and I had the opportunity to congratulate her for finally completing such a long task. To all those who contributed without expressing any of those feelings against my way of thinking, I'm really thankful, since this was a lesson I'll remember for my entire career. To those who didn't, I apologize for impacting your day.