Novopay: History of Incompetence Repeats
This is incredible. Major incompetence and I predict the downfall of the current government.
This was posted by one of my students Phil of Facebook:
“If anyone in NZ is following the Novopay debacle – where the payroll for all state-employed teachers was taken over by some failed software company from Oz, and nobody has been paid correctly in just over 4 months – the ridiculousness of the whole thing has hit a new high (or low). I have been paid by the Ministry of Education a “salary” of a significant value, deposited directly into my bank account. Thats nice, except I am not now, nor have I ever been employed by the Ministry of Education. This money, that should have been going to a teacher (I hope) has come to me and I dont know where it needs to go. The money will have come out of the funds of a school, somewhere in New Zealand, and there is a real good chance that the Ministry of Education will never know where it was supposed to go. They paid a school caretaker the equivalent of $68,000 an hour this week. Caretakers do good work, sure, but even $68k/hour is a bit rich. Before you ask, yes, I will be giving it back, but I just dont know how, or to whom. I have no access to the Novopay help desk directly, and the Principal of the school where I am on the Board of Trustees is now on holiday, and I want him to relax for a change. I hope that this kind of shite is the straw that broke the back of the stupidest group of morons with whom I have ever had to deal – the Minister for Education and her public ‘servant’ minions.”
I am annoyed for 3 reasons:
1. The above is just plain stupid. Heads must role including the Minister. This also puts teachers under considerable stress. Key and Parata: time to get back off that holiday because this is a crisis.
2. This is taxpayer money: just flitted around and wasted. Who knows what has gone wrong. Some people may not give the money back. Who knows?
3. This is a repeat of history. See the paper by Professor Michael Myers in 1994. 1994 MYERS, M., ‘A Disaster for Everyone to See: An Interpretive Analysis of a Failed IS Project‘, Accounting, Management and Information Technologies, Vol. 4, 4, 185-201. [Full paper: Myers_1994_AMIT].