Also note that from what I remember, this initially appears to be a finalized decision based upon whitted(who was already quite familiar with Maven) volunteering to help us with the build system. Then he had to back out, but to me, it "seemed" as if the decision had already been made and was cast in stone.
AFAIAC, nothing is cast in stone.
It would be very nice
to have an expert available for whatever tool we end up using. Unless we have such an expert available, the choice of dependency management tool is really based on personal experience and/or hearsay. As you said, whited
was going to be our own personal expert
but work obligations crashed that party.