The situation is that I'm a software developer and before Christmas I was asked by a client to help with a site they have.

They had another developer create 90% of a site, then something happened, they had a disagreement I think - they wouldn't say anymore, but I had to step in and complete the project.

How would I describe this situation in a sentence, e.g. for a CV or to an interviewer?

All I can think of is that I "saved" the project but this isn't how I'd want to describe it.

I've probably not explained this as well as I need to, the CV/interviewer were the best examples I could think of but I have the actual usage, and format below

Title (e.g. Dave's Plumbers)

I need a summary consisting of 5 or less words

Due to the previous company not finishing the project, the client was left without a working website. I had to ______ etc.

The best I've come up with is Project Recovery, which works but I feel there's a better summary text out there somewhere.

  • Do you mean you want to include this incident in your CV as part of your professional accomplishments, achievements or experiences? Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 8:36
  • Market yourself as a closer ;)
    – Hank
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 14:51
  • @mahmudkoya no, I just want a way to summarize this type of situation, Hank is kind of in the right situation but not quite what I'm looking for.
    – Percy
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 15:01
  • @Hank - in the right ball park but not quite what I'm looking for.
    – Percy
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 15:02
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    @Rick:So, You were instrumental to show them a way out, when one of your client companies was shut up in a cul-de-sac. You accomplished for them their very much needed software project work which had been half-way abandoned by their software engineer. Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 15:35

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I think the phrase the OP used in the second paragraph is fine ....

You were asked to step in to complete the website.

step in
to become involved in a difficult situation or argument in order to help find a solution:
[ + to infinitive ] An outside buyer has stepped in to save the company from going out of business.
When the leading actress broke her leg, Isobel stepped in and took over.


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