Many fields have what has been determined to be “best practice”, the accumulated wisdom on what is most effective. Physicians employ what is called the “standard of care”. Laboratories, manufacturing, and agriculture all have what are thought of as good operating practices.
Web pages are computer programs. They are software. In software development for many years best practice has been to subject developments to beta testing in limited release prior to general release.
Whether you support the PPACA or oppose it, I think we need to agree that best practice was not followed in the rollout of the federal government’s entry point to the healthcare insurance exchanges, healthcare.gov. As was expected, there were some “glitches”.
I have a question and the goodness or badness of the PPACA or of healthcare.gov are, in the final analysis, irrelevant to it. Is it impossible for the federal government to follow best practice in software development projects? I believe it is both for political and budgetary reasons (among others) but I’d be interested in hearing differing opinion on the subject.