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posted by girlwhowaspluggedout on Friday March 14 2014, @01:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the lowest-bidders-all-the-way-down dept.

skullz writes:

"I've watched the Affordable Care Act's federal and state website roll-outs with trepidation as one botched IT project crashes and burns after another. As more information is coming out about Minnesota's health insurance exchange, lo and behold, poor communication, lack of fundamentals, and bureaucracy seem to be contributing factors.

From NPR's How A Series Of Mistakes Hobbled Minnesota's Health Exchange we learn that the users were the first to actually test the website:

What Minnesotans did not know is they were testing the site. There wasn't time for consumer testing before the site went live. Michael Krigsman, a consultant who specializes in diagnosing and preventing IT project failures, says testing is key. 'That is so screwed up. You can quote me on that,' he says. 'This is one of these things that's so foundational. It's like why do we need to breathe the air?"

Propublica has another article which covers the health insurance exchanges of Minnesota, Massachusetts, Oregon and Maryland - blue states that support the Affordable Care Act.

Having been on projects with shifting scope, compressed timeframes, and arbitrary milestones I feel for the developers who worked on these websites and am a little depressed that we are still doing this in 2014. When will the managers learn? Or at least listen?"

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Ethanol-fueled on Friday March 14 2014, @03:02AM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Friday March 14 2014, @03:02AM (#16159) Homepage

    Shameless reuse of a comment I posted on "the other site:"

    There is no Alpha testing. There is no beta testing. Who used to be called "beta testers" are now called "early adopters." Phone don't work when you hold it a certain way? Car catching fire or has a tendency to accelerate during braking? Mandatory and proprietary software update break your entire production floor?

    Yep, you paid the most money for that shiny new toy that's much more new than functional, and you paid for software that barely compiled (or, in the physical realm, something that didn't collapse under its own weight), and you paid the price, indeed -- well worth your dollars in memory leaks and ignored exceptions. I for one would be pissed to know that I paid a thousand bucks for a barely-functional piece of shit, when in a few months somebody else is going to pay two-hundred for the exact same thing and get it fully functional right out of the box.

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