Quite Glorious!

That NHS Spine thing. £20 billion an counting, isn\’t it? The largest IT project in the world in fact?

Nearly two-thirds of family doctors are poised to boycott the government\’s scheme to put the medical records of 50 million NHS patients on a national electronic database, a Guardian poll reveals today.

With suspicion rife across the profession that sensitive personal data could be stolen by hackers and blackmailers, the poll found 59% of GPs in England are unwilling to upload any record without the patient\’s specific consent.

Ooops! They forgot to ask whether anyone would use it, didn\’t they?

4 comments on “Quite Glorious!

  1. What’s so frustrating about these sorts of failures is that the clients (government in this case) just never seem to learn that huge “do-everything” systems don’t work, take ages to deliver, never provide what you wanted in the first place, provide a single point of safety and security vulnerability (in the CompSci sense) and are generally kludgy messes.

    Time and again these sorts of systems get put forward without any local piloting or tightly-constrained functional spec and thoroughly unsurprisingly go tits up. Will no-one ever learn how to manage and develop IT projects properly?

  2. > Will no-one ever learn how to manage and develop IT projects properly?

    For a start the project is not being run for and by the users. Of course it will fail.

  3. Well, I don’t think that successful projects necessarily need to be run by the users. In my experience, they simply can’t see what the problems are with the current system and how to solve them properly. That’s why you need expensive consultants, like I’m hoping to be!

    In all seriousness, the projects that I have seen succeed are ones driven by smart project managers who interface well with the customers and keep a good two-way flow of information going. Iterative development and all that.

  4. “In my experience, they simply can’t see what the problems are with the current system and how to solve them properly. That’s why you need expensive consultants….”

    Yes, expensive consultants are just doing so well with Government IT projects, aren’t they….?

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