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I was apparently supposed to be working on a completely different project as of 8 months ago. That project is due in a month

Kinda shocked at the moment. I’m a dev who works on a team of about 20 developers.

Apparently I (along with another developer) was assigned to complete a specification about 8 months ago. I learned this morning when one of our sales reps came by and asked when the project would be ready to deploy as it is apparently due in two weeks.

The problem is, as far as I was aware, that project never left the planning stage. We had a meeting scheduled to kick of off with everyone, but that got cancelled by chaos and just never proceeded. I assumed that it was just off for whatever reason and continued working on the project I was previously assigned (which is not done, but they wanted some experienced people on the other one rather than just contract hires). That project is ahead of schedule and now I know why.

The other developer is in the same boat of working on his original project as well. Neither of us has written a line of code related to this project.

However, when I asked my boss about the client (to try and determine which project he thought I was on without letting him know), he confirmed that he thinks I am working on that 8 month contract.

For reference, we aren’t an Agile company as we deal with hardware integration. Specifications are set well in advance, changes have to be demanded from their end, etc. However, developers are given tremendous amounts of autonomy. I speak maybe 5 minutes a week to my boss as he is also a coder in addition to being manager of 30 people (business analysts and comms people as well). It wouldn’t be unusual for two developers to work nearly completely independently with a QA analyst.

I have no emails from past the date of that meeting beyond being given a preview of the specification. I have access to the full specification through our file share, but was never told to read it until now.

Basically I am looking to stall things and find ways to delay commenting on project status before I get fired for seeming incompetent and can grab another job. Shit.

Basically, if I am asked more questions about the status of the project, how do I stall?

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