The nature of Genius; it loves a challenge. When it was agreed an incredibly complex project with numerous permutations was needed, Rick stepped up. When the other team members could not keep up, they pitched Rick; then they had to dumb down the project to high-school level of analysis. The survivors then broke their arms congratulating themselves on completing a dumbed down project. Only an average person would see that as an accomplishment (on any timeline). The break-down was in setting the scope of the project beyond the skill-set of all but one (Rick). If you want the kids on the short bus to contribute, you do that by setting your goals lame (like you eventually did after spending cubic money). People often shoot for the moon, but then forget it took the effort of our nation 8 years to get there. If you want something done quickly, set the scope simple initially, but with the hooks and entry points for later expansion (in the original scope). This was just bad project management and poor use of employees (all). I know how the smart guys hate to hand stuff off; it can take less time to do it, than fix it after some nitwit has given it their “best shot”. On the flip side, the smart guys have to realize that even though they are the sharpest pencil in the box, there are dozens of dull ones in there too. Any pencil can be used to stab someone in the back; even a dull one.