Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lessons for MBAs from 2012 Election's failed Project ORCA

Interesting article at the link: http://www.blogworld.com/2012/11/13/what-businesses-need-to-learn-from-romneys-project-orca/
More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orca

This is an interesting read. How a technological innovation that was supposed to be a "game changer" became a massive flop.

Here are some important lessons learnt, in my personal view:
  • Test the technology before implementation
  • Trust your core team and share vital info with core team
  • Too much secrecy may not be a good thing
  • Stress test apps to make sure that they do not crash
  • Have a plan B
  • Do trial runs and drills
  • Keep the communication and trust with team members strong
  • Don't fall for the hype - "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". One software or App can not win an election. 
  • People matter more than technology
  • KISS: Keep It Simple and Stupid to the end users
  • Orientation is important not only for programmers and volunteers, but also for App users
  • Practice, practice, practice
  • Do not live in a parallel universe. 

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