I wasn’t going to comment here but this is getting out of hand
I’m sorry but I have to disagree with almost everything mentioned by @Joe_Nixon, not out of any spite for him/her or any blind allegiance to Eve but by the simple fact that I think it’s something of miracle that you guys are about to finally receive your V’s. the amount of stars that had to align for this to come to fruition rather than being another project on the crowd funding scrapheap, is probably in the dozens. Any one of which not aligning would have resulted in Eve folding.
So instead of complaining I’d ask you to count your blessings because posts like this which get so very personal (hire a new pm etc) are starting to really piss me off. You guys (all the backers) have put a certain amount of money into this. for some of you this will be alot of money (it would to me) and for others it won’t be all that much (probably not many people), so I totally understand being worried that your V’s might not get delivered and you’ve lost your money as so many others have on failed crowdfunding projects but that time has long scene come and gone (the issue with the screen supplier).
The team has been VERY open and honest about everything (too their own detriment no less). This is a catch 22 because they are damned if the do tell you everything that’s going wrong and damned if they don’t tell you everything that’s going wrong. This puts them in a very difficult position and I say kudos for keeping up morale and still continuing to update us as you receive the info. How many other CEO’s personal phone numbers does anyone have? The information the team posts is very close to the wire and thus can easily change, which inevitably makes Eve look bad through no fault of their own (sharp screen delivery delays are perfect example of this). Also every company has these set backs, even well established companies like Samsung and apple, the difference is they get to hide their setbacks, whereas Eve is all out in the open. They could just as easily shut down the community and move back to a standard product development model and not have to deal with semi-personal attacks. I think its very cool that I can write a post and know that at least 3 members if the team will read it by the end of the day if not more and that I can directly chat with the team whenever necessary. Instead of my voice being lost inside some virtual feedback echo chamber.
Also no one is more invested in this than the team, whilst you guys have backed the project…you have not invested every penny you have into this enterprise as have the founders, you have not bet your entire career on this company as have the employees, you have not worked for FREE for months as have the community managers, you have not risked your very health by over working yourself trying to deliver this project!
So to somehow suggest that this was somehow for the lack of trying or effort of the team is laughable, to somehow suggest that everything would have gone perfectly to plan if they had only done such and such is laughable (because unforeseeable complication are exactly that… Unforseeable, you can’t plan for them). To somehow blame the team for the failing of third parties is ridiculous because it wasn’t in the teams hands.
So as we are so close to the finish line (we have actually crossed it in my opinion) I’d kindly ask you and anyone else who has grievances to just let it be if it is something that’s already been discussed to death, because there is Nothing in the original post that hasn’t been said by the team themselves, that they haven’t already apologised for. Of course if you want to discuss something new that’s fine but I personally see no benefit in opening up old wounds.
In all honesty what more can you possibly expect a dozen or so people to do? This IS their first own device and they have im pretty sure literally put blood sweat and tears into this. You haven’t added anything meaningful to the discussion and are just demoralising the community and the team for no reason when everyone should be excited about getting their devices.
Will there be a time for a post mortem… Sure… Will it result in answers like oh if we just did thease one or things then we wouldn’t have any problems whatsoever… Hell no… `a good project manager’ will not in any way magically solve any of the problems you have listed… At all… Because a project manager can’t control something that’s out of his hands all they can do is work around it. I can say this because I’m sat next to our team project manager and work for a global ‘architecture’ firm with the tagline ‘the project delivery specialists’ a project manager is only as good as the information they are given. If the information they are given is poor then all they can do is make do with what they have, what they can control, which is PRECISELY what eve have been doing. The issue is so little of it is under Eves direct control and influence because of their small size and I think they should be commended for doing such an admirable job in getting large players to cooperate.
So I say it again, you should count your blessings and I for one would like to commend the team and most members of the community for rallying together to get this project past the finish line. And I would say that I love the ‘can do’ attitude of the team and the support of the community because that’s the ONLY thing that’s gotten us this far. "there is no education like adversity“ so no matter how good someones qualifications are they are only ever as good as what they have learnt from their failures and if they haven’t failed what do they really know?
I am very proud of what the team has achieved and likewise this community but as a lesson never forget that your biggest strength is also your biggest weakness and Eves strength is its community to everyone reading this DONT BE THAT Weakness, don’t create disunity because once it starts this whole thing will unravel.