What Can IT Project Leaders Learn from the Healthcare.gov Fiasco?

PractiTest -- http://www.PractiTest.com -- a market leader in the hosted QA Management tools sector, explains how lack of visibility and communication played a decisive role in the fumbled development and release process of the healthcare.gov website.

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Lack of visibility and communication are illnesses suffered by many software development and IT projects.

Israel, PractiTest (PRWEB) October 31, 2013

Lack of visibility and communication are illnesses suffered by many software development and IT projects. Healthcare.gov is an unfortunate example of the catastrophic consequences of noise interfering with the message communicated to higher management.

Since PractiTest was founded in 2009, its main focus has been to help companies gain visibility into product development, helping management make the right decisions and avoid unexpected product failures.

The latest news headlines regarding the healthcare.gov debacle are an excellent example of how not to launch a new website, application or any other IT product. While this mishap puts many who were involved in the specific development process in the “hot seat”, it also provides a great "teaching moment" to help others avoid such failures in their own projects

The common development pitfalls -- lack of visibility and communication throughout the whole development process -- were imminent. As was mentioned by CNN in an interview held with Kathleen Sebelius, the nation's health chief: Before it even launched, red flags went up about the Obamacare website. Health insurance companies complained about it, and the site crashed during a test run. But nobody told the President of any of it.

Joel Montvelisky, PractiTest’s Product Architect expands on the issue: “Lack of visibility and communication are illnesses suffered by many software development and IT projects. The problematic signs are usually there, but they are not communicated to higher management. Without the proper visibility into the process and without the ability to understand the status of the project at all times, management cannot make the correct decisions to ensure the success of the project. Healthcare.gov is an unfortunate example of the catastrophic consequences of noise interfering with the message communicated to higher management.”

Joel continues to suggest how such problems could be avoided: “The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is by having the correct process in place and the tools to make sure clear messages reach the higher management levels. The correct information in the right hands is the best way to ensure that such failures don’t happen in your projects.”

PractiTest helps IT organizations ensure visibility and communication at all levels, helping project development teams streamline and manage their testing processes while providing management with a clear and simple view of their project status at all times.

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