Like a Greek Tragedy

This has nothing to do the the current Greek sovereign debt tragedy. Reading The Romney Campaign’s Ground Game Fiasco is like watching a Greek tragedy play. Once you see the tragic flaw, the unwinding of the plans/dreams unfolds with inevitable grace.

I have been programming for 35 years and the lessons learned for big software projects have been learned by the Obama team and not learned by the Romney team. The plutocracy model of top down commands, famously does not work for software development. The secrecy, even with their own poll workers, is scary in its naivete. And the best programmers need respect and flexibility to do exceptional work. See the Agile Manifesto and Agile Development for ideas that work in rapidly changing and uncertain environments. Particularly troublesome is the lack of field testing and consultation with their field workers.

If they (the Republican Party) changed enough to avoid this kind of software disaster, I wouldn’t worry so much about them getting into the White House.

Obama’s team in 2008 had similar problems, though maybe they did slightly better than the 2012 Romney team. At least they won the election. Reading
Built to win: Deep inside Obama’s campaign tech is interesting. They learned from their mistakes and adapted. They adopted the best of the current software development methodology. And can you imagine the Republicans hiring the guy pictured and treating him with respect?

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One Response to Like a Greek Tragedy

  1. AC says:

    If you are interested in even more technical details of the Obama for America technology, read AWS in Action – Behind the Scenes of a Presidential Campaign, the details from the viewpoint of the cloud provider, Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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