I worked for three years in goverment intitution, in that time I could see one kind of special contractor: The Mercenary of projects. But first, what is a “mercenary”?. Mercenary is a paid soldier, hired to get into a foreing army but also is a “Motivated solely by a desire for monetary or material gain“.
Mercenary is a word usually allied to army and conflict arm concepts. But in a organizational enviroment a Mercenary are people who are related with strong power circles, have a bargaining power in projects decistions but it used thier own benefic that possibly is no the same of the organization. In fact, the critical characteristic is the short-time activities, expensive projects, useless results without support after deadline and jump between projects like a hummingbird goes for differents flowers and never come back, thai is the reason for being called mercenary projects.
This staff seed irregular work, but only after are period of time (short) the results and the errors are manifiest, but is late too requiere a change or repair the damage. The organization only have one way: invest more money to fix it and forget it.
It is difficult try to identify a mercenery of projects in a contractor enviroment, you can get confused because trace activides or goals onf contractos you requiere all information but sometimes that is private (but all information are public in portals like Colombia Compra eficiente) and this kind of jobs permit people manage thier own time, then you can see a contractor only once time in a week or a month. Maybe the first clue are people that anybody now details about thier work, are people untrusly but well related and in charge in jobs where does not have any experiencie or skills.
Are a example in this instituion, were developed a CRM. An expensive and robust CRM. The project was integrated by three people System Engineer, business anager and Pshilogist. How is possible hire three people for a software project where two of them does not satisfy the skills and requirements (there is where important the power circle). The result was expected, an useless softwarfe where people can make proceedings on the web and unassreted indicadors (when a company can obtain the success only measuring meetings or have one KPI for the CRM and differetn for the area). What happend there? Nothing…a blank elephant.
After release the CRM, all of them have new projects and the CRM was unattended. After that one of them was uncharge of open data.. results… zero, just a data in a web page (open data is comprehensive strategy for identify, publish information and feed back of customer or third parties) and other was a caher of a project for get information.. result the same errors, problems and excuses.
At the end, how face this kind of people when they have in th eirgh hand og directives, how face them when all organization prefer forget the money and te results? but the ladscape is worst, the answer of all people is “that happens in goverment instituions, so get used to it”.