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Opinions sought: contracting / consulting

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So the folks I consulted with, earlier this month, asked me for an invoice (d'oh!) and said they were talking to their attorney about a consulting agreement, today.

So... does that sound to anyone else like they're planning on having me back / putting my butt in their forthcoming SF office? It seems to me like closing the barn door after the cow's out, if it's to agree on what I'm helping them with for the you know. One day I already helped 'em. Anyone with experience as a consultant, I'd really appreciate your opinions on this, please.

Uhm. Whee? :D
  • I protest mildly. At least some of us still at Microshaft were quite capable of thinking outside the box. Though given what you went through there, it was pretty clear that your department was of the 'etched into stone processes' type, rather than the 'how can we do this more efficiently' model.
    • Yeah: my experiences suggested that once you got to the director level, you had to not only abandon the concept of doing it innovatively or examining how you're doing it, but you had also to actively quash employees who examined the 'how' of the process.

      Only at Microsoft, for instance, could involvement in the 1st-gen Zune equal grounds for promotion...
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