Types of nightmare projects

The special zombie project hydra

The project that persists by taking a life of its own. Undying and consecutively more ambiguous. Ownership is undefined and there is no committee.

A zombie hydra

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You turn the corner and open the door. You are ambushed by a special zombie project hydra.

The project strikes first, two months late:

  • You offer to help before it reaches you. The effect is ignored.
  • Project spits late deliverable. You are poisoned.
  • Project drains stamina with a fixed deadline.
  • You attempt to adjust the deadline with a calendar. The action is ignored.
  • Project rattles a frame at you without a strategy.
  • The project deliverable is missing pieces. Poison persists.
  • Project leers. It has no scope nor measurable goals.
  • Project stuns you with new technical features request x 1.
  • Project grows a new head. The head lead has changed!
  • Project original deadline strike! The project is due in 3 days.
  • Project stuns you with new technical features request x 2. Effect doubled.
  • The project deliverable is missing pieces. Poison persists.
  • You attempt to flee. You can’t flee!