Delay is good

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The banks and Apacs, the UK payments association, have been on the receiving end of endless criticism about how long it takes to clear payments into bank accounts.

That’s why today's launch of the new Faster Payments Service will be welcome. I haven’t seen much press coverage yet but some of it will, no doubt, contain snide references to delays in the project.

I’ve got a good eye for project delays and failures, but I won’t be joining those who complain about that the service went live six months later than originally scheduled.

The delay was ordered after Apacs said in July 2007 that testing of the service was going more slowly than anticipated.

How many IT projects have you worked on or know of where testing was cut back to hit a go live date? How many more do you know of where the results of testing where not incorporated into the final release?

Of course, Apacs can’t afford for its system to go wrong. Nevertheless let’s give credit where credit is due.

On a separate (post-it) note – The Financial Times this morning had the remarkable allegation that Siemens managers used post-it notes to sign documents, so they could be peeled off later if necessary to hide evidence of illegal activities.

The allegations were made in the first trial of what the FT calls “the world’s biggest corporate bribery scandal”. It could be that if you want funding for an IT project, judicious references to corporate governance when you are making the business case is the way to go.

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