Skip to comments.Builders of Obama's health website saw red flags (rewrote code to suit admin change requests)
Posted on 10/22/2013 5:14:01 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (AP) Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors.
As questions mount over the website's failure, insider interviews and a review of technical specifications by The Associated Press found a mind-numbingly complex system put together by harried programmers who pushed out a final product that congressional investigators said was tested by the government and not private developers with more expertise.
A review of internal architectural diagrams obtained by the AP revealed the system's complexity. Insurance applicants have a host of personal information verified, including income and immigration status. The system connects to other federal computer networks, including ones at the Social Security Administration, IRS, Veterans Administration, Office of Personnel Management and the Peace Corps.
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
Lol, I did a WTF when I read that too.
From concept to design to development to construction/manufacturing, the cost of a change goes up 10x with each life cycle state.
That they kept changing it in development and construction/manufacturing is poor change management and poor management overall.
I work at NASA DC, I can’t tell you how many times the engineers there had to redesign the Space Station becuase of budget and requirement changes. We spent way more and got way less because of that.
I was thinking something very similar. Auto insurance, fill out a form and then check your email. Insurer that what your business will respond to the email address you left. Simple and effective. Now, the back end that allows insures to check you eligibility would still have to be built, but that would not be to difficult to build. I could bring in such a system for way less the 640 million. lol.