I have a project that's close to failing as the main developer has now left the company. To help get a sense of where the project is at, I created a thorough review of the project's WBS and the tasks that were completed.
Unknown to me earlier, the owner of the company told the lead dev to get the project done by x date and the lead dev is now going to start working using the document I created.
- The lead dev does not wish to provide the number of hours required to finish the remainder of the tasks (so I don't know how meeting x date is possible or it feels like it's out of my control). Should the lead dev not provide the number of hours so that a schedule can be properly created?
- I want to sit down with the lead dev and the secondary dev to get a sense of how they plan to accomplish finishing the remainder of the tasks by x date. Ideally, I would like to allocate tasks by date, i.e. finish task 1.1 and 1.2 by x date, 1.3 by y date and so on. Is this in my place to determine this (I'm being told it's not)?
I'm being told that I should let the lead dev plan this out and I am only to be given a percentage of completion.
I'm fine with any approach, but given that I have a technical background, it feels odd not to have a deeper insight into this project after spending a gruelling 7 months learning everything about it.