I'm currently working on a tool that will extract a stack of information from some of our systems in order to build a report whose value i am far from convinced of.
It was someone else's idea, and despite the fact that they're clearly motivated purely by convenience, and that they haven't really thought about either the requirements, the intended audience (minimal input so far, and mostly from another area with completely different requirements), or the possible use/value of the final outputs they managed to catch the attention of our manager, and, well, you know how it goes...
It had been floating around for about 12 months and there were rumblings about engaging a 3rd party to build the damn thing. Having just seen the 'mock ups' I was rather concerned that we were going to buy a pup, so I said so. This was interpreted by my manager as a wish to be involved (is there a pattern emerging here?)
To rub salt into the wound whatever I come up with probably won't even be the final solution - looks like another group (a group that 'specialises' in these sorts of apps but which had 'avoided' involvement to this point) will take my workings and use it as the basis of 'their' solution