said by TheHox:
But, from what I can tell, I don't feel that is the case. I've asked quite a few people now that I highly respect and none of them can agree or confirm his approach to this. (In addition to this forum which as of yet nobody has agreed with anything he said)
Ok, but there's a difference between having trusted people call BS, and having trusted people say they don't quite follow. From what you've told us, I don't think we have enough information to know that this guy is a bozo, and it's premature to bail on your guy.
Dig in: I am not quite following what you're trying to accomplish here and would feel a lot more comfortable if I had a handle on the game plan. Can you elaborate a bit on this for me? Ask more detailed questions, etc. This is not only helping you understand the technical approach, but it lets you gauge the other guy as a consultant.
* He could blow you off, which means he's probably BSing
* He could explain it, and make it clear he knows what he's about
* He could explain it, tipping his hand that he doesn't know this stuff.
You should absolutely tell your customer that you have strong reservations, but be clear that it's no more than your spidey sense, you can't back it up yet. And until you have actual evidence, you're going to be helpful not because you agree with the other guy, but because you're supporting your customer.
If at some point you get the "Aha!" insight - for good or for bad - then you now have concrete information to go forward. But spidey sense is not enough - it just looks petty and petulant been there done that
Do everything you can to support the project, which means falling all over yourself to be helpful; at some point you'll have enough information, and you won't have been engaging in a passive-aggressive turf battle (that the customer will absolutely
pick up on) that makes you look bad.When in doubt, be helpful.
Steve — who's been consulting for 30 years--
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