I am a developer in a 5-member team and I believe our project is headed for disaster. I'll describe why in a moment, but my question is: how should I behave?
The deadline is in 1.5 months, and I feel no matter what we do, this project will fail. I'm of the opinion that we should just terminate the project and stop wasting our time, but politically I think it's impossible for our manager to do that.
What should I do in this case? Should I put in extra effort, or should I just take it easy? And what should I say to the manager?
Reasons this project is headed for failure:
- With deadline approaching many of the must-have features are not finished
- Application is unstable and very difficult to use
- System is very convoluted, code very hard to understand, very difficult to change - Data model is too driven by a complex relational database (100+ tables)
- Unclear leadership; the manager responds to new information with major changes
- Almost no automated tests or unit test
- Heavily depends on other systems, but no integration tests yet
In fact, we actually just inherited this project (along with the mess) around 1-2 months ago from another dev team under the same manager, who has worked on it for a few months.