October 2013


CHAOS Tuesday #27: Special Edition of healthcare.gov. “Any one who has written a line of code or built a system from the ground-up cannot be surprised -- or even mildly concerned -- that Healthcare.gov (Obamacare) did not work out of the gate,” says Jim Johnson, Chairman of The Standish Group International, and world-famous research expert on information systems project management. “In fact, when I first heard about the problems of the Obamacare website, l only gave it a passing glace,” he continued.   “The real news would have been if it actually DID work!   That would be both shocking and novel at the same time.  Healthcare.gov has so much going against it that the very fact that most of it did work at all is a success in itself.” The Standish Group and Jim Johnson are in a unique position to shed light on the good, the bad and the ugly of implementing Obamacare.  For the past 30 years, the Standish Group has analyzed, measured and qualified more than 50,000 IT projects. Standish and the CHAOS Team will look at:

  • The major issues and problems
  • Impact of a last minute design change
  • Common defect rates
  • Complexity and size
  • What should not be done, and more

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Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson is the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 40 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on project performance and early recognizing technology trends. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through case-based analytical technology.


Jim Crear

Jim is the chief information officer and architect for The Standish Group International. He is an experienced executive with over 40 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. He has had a diverse career leading IT organizations in academia, biomedical, manufacturing, and software companies.


Rick Brutti

Rick Brutti has more than 30 years as an entrepreneur and business consultant, assisting companies in raising capital and financial management.


Lindsay Poole

Lindsay Poole is a multi-platform journalist with broadcast news and content creation experience. She is currently the content manager at UR Business Network, a 24/7 business news site. She is also a production assistant at NECN, New England's News Station.


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