Comments on: Breaking procurement rules to fix, the Red Cross and Sandy, and Westerners choking in China Steven Brill Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:30:28 +0000 hourly 1 By: 2Borknot2B Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:59:41 +0000 ptiffany; “One has to understand the motivation behind this criticism. Are we now to question the mission of the Red Cross?” After 911, if the Red Cross would have come out and stated “Donate to the Red Cross in remembrance of the victims, but we will use the money for other needs,” I do not believe they would have gotten that amount of donations. People donated that money at that time to specifically help those families. So, this was a slightly disingenuous way to solicit donations. But, I am sure it is going to good use in the Philippines for blankets, food and water.

By: ARJTurgot2 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 19:27:55 +0000 @ptiffany

I think every PMP in the country is saying the same thing. Every new disaster from these bozos has me scanning the relevant pages from Mythical Man Month and emailing them to my kids. From what little I can get on actual structure tells me this will not be solved by throwing more Sun boxes running Oracle at it. This is not a technology failure, this is policy management failure directly at the top.

CBSnews does seem to be pursuing this a good bit more aggressively than Reuters: 0719/wh-docs-paper-applications-for-obam acare-were-problematic-too/ 7610620/obamacare-memo-reveals-health-ca re-adviser-warned-w.h-was-losing-control -3-years-ago/

By: tmc Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:30:00 +0000 I don’t like the format at all. He is a very good writer and I’m sure his books are excellent. I don’t like people that “ask the right questions” and never commit to anything themselves though. I see them all the time in mid-level executive management. I would much rather see Mr. Brill write a complete op-ed and actually do the research instead of lightly touching on it and asking others to do the real work.

By: Andvari Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:51:43 +0000 tmc,

Have you read Bitter Pill, or Class Warfare? I think they’re first rate. What’s your real issue, Brill has a legitimate outlet for his work, and you can only go trolling in the comments field?!?

By: ptiffany Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:46:46 +0000 1.
This is a strange and ineffective format for transmitting information with three disparate subjects. Is this a simple demonstration of the ability to multi-task? As an exercise in journalism it is a clear demonstration of ineffectiveness for a variety of reasons that should be obvious.

Stop it!

By: ptiffany Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:42:29 +0000 #2:
Some people have long confused the roles of the Red Cross versus FEMA. So, what if most of the funds donated for 9/11 went to other Red Cross projects? This was no secret. What’s the issue? Are victims of 9/11 more important than the millions of other people who have suffered from a variety of disasters?

When Walmart* showed up with convoys of trucks the first week after Hurricane Katrina – long before FEMA – does anyone question whether this was appropriate?

One has to understand the motivation behind this criticism. Are we now to question the mission of the Red Cross?

By: ptiffany Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:33:14 +0000 As someone heavily experienced in managing information technology projects, I am appalled at the gross incompentence of management of this program. A number of very basic precepts of development and testing were skipped or ignored with the very predictable result of a botched implementation. Who cares if Plan D was botched by the Bush Administration? If they learned from it, it wouldn’t have happened again. Just because Billy Boy has gotten away with releasing untested crap to the public for years (costing this country hundreds of billions in lost productivity), does not provide an excuse for others to follow.

Hint: Don’t follow the bad example of lame project management portrayed by The Rump on “Celebrity Apprentice”. There are thousands of successful, professional project managers and information technology developers who can lend a hand (and most of them are NOT in Silicon Valley.)

By: tmc Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:50:25 +0000 The story I’d like to see is this guy getting a real job.
You do have editors right Reuters? SO why give this guy space a real journalist or even professional blogger might fill?