The Valley of Death

Projects are meant to solve problems, but sometimes the bigger problem is the project itself.

The troubled Novopay or “no pay” project as we might call it, is our Ministry of Education’s unpopular payroll venture, undertaken by relative newcomer, Aussie contractor Talent2.  Novopay is New Zealand’s largest payroll project to date. The project has been plagued with widespread and ongoing transition problems as the implementers charge ahead, as did the suicidal Light Brigade of the British cavalry into “the valley of death” during the Crimean war in 1854 – hence the title of this blog entry.  Well, actually the Novopay project is also way behind schedule.  It’s over-spent, behind time, not working properly and definitely not user-friendly, which is a bad combination, but not uncommon for complex IT projects.

As a taxpayer I’d like to know the cost of this dubious investment.  … Read More »


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