I am at a loss for words.....
So I'm part of a project in the capacity to oversee the activities of some off-shore resources. My manager is gathering requirements, I'm providing a little bit of code and a lot of direction on how to get the job done (i.e. use this tool, this code, break down tasks into smaller chunks, etc).
We have a status meeting to review what the outsourced resource (OR) has been doing for an XML mapping and to also provide OR's next tasks. For about 2 weeks OR has been looking at the tools for the mapping (commercial tool) and asking my manager about how to map roughly 5 fields. The manager has been sending out notices of updates to docs in Subversion, XML schemas, and other things OR will need to get the mapping complete. OR kept asking about mapping and it became clear OR was mapping using sample XML files rather than the schemas. My manager was starting to become frustrated.
During status meeting, OR reveals having never been able to even connect to Subversion. Not only that, OR has never actually used Subversion before despite the OR's handler telling everyone that OR has used Subversion heavily. Well, this certainly explains the lack of schemas and so many questions.....it is somewhat difficult to perform a task if you don't read the design docs and don't have the schemas.
So I send OR a URL to the trunk in Subversion to use, and a link to TortiseSVN.
About 5 hours later, I get an email asking for the path to the repository. It is in reply to the email that has the URL to the Subversion repo. In the email is a screen shot of the setup for a CVS client and OR wants to know what to put in the path field.
OR apparently has many years of experience.
Yes, many years of experience of watching pr0n on someone elses dime, apparently...
For about 2 weeks OR has been looking at the tools for the mapping (commercial tool) and asking my manager about how to map roughly 5 fields.
If you're talking about Altova MapForce, then yeah, I can't really blame them on that front. It's pretty unintuitive, although I'm sure once you get use to it, it's a wonderful program.