Great “Lessons Learnt” post, James. I was also a Test Consultant to several businesses and we definitely averted issues through our Analysis and Rectification programs.
It’s confession time. I was a Y2K test manager for IBM. As far as some people are concerned that means I was party to a huge scam that allowed IT companies to make billions out spooking poor deluded politicians and the public at large. However, my role in Y2K means I know what I am talking about, so when I saw some recent comment that it was all nothing more than hype I felt the need to set down my first hand experience. At the time, and in the immediate aftermath of Y2K, we were constrained by client confidentiality from explaining what we did, but 15 years on I feel comfortable about speaking out.
Was there a huge amount of hype? Unquestionably.
Was money wasted? Certainly, but show me huge IT programmes where that hasn’t happened.
Would it have been better to do nothing and adopt a “fix on failure”…
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