First was the declaration that a show-stopper bug process was discovered late last night. This has now been partially addressed. However, a business-process bug? This late??
Next was the glowing announcement from management that yesterday's go-live in New Zealand was a roaring success. Odd that when one of my colleagues spoke to an associate in New Zealand, the response was "we've been told not to use it."
Initially this morning, it was announced that the pre-identified 'power users' would be the first to login and check that the functionality was present and to enter in some of the most urgent sales orders as a test. Next we hear that they should hold off. Then we are told that even if it was working; only a few users at a time would be allowed on-line for "bandwidth" reasons. Bandwidth? Huh???
As the day progressed the bleeding-edgers discovered more and more issues. Most of which have been escalated to "head office."
So, what's the failure mode this time? Simply that the confidence of the prospective users is severely dented when the hype and noise from the project proponents is not born out by the reality. The team has been promised an on-time working system; after all, the sales people have had to stop all incoming orders for two weeks to facilitate the launch; that hurts their bottom line.
Readers will however be pleased to know that this afternoon's launch party went ahead as planned, but the effusive praise of the new system (and the implementation team) was conspicuous in its absence!