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  •  PHB Disease (10+ / 0-)

    Orca seems to have suffered from PHB disease.  From what I've gleaned from various articles it would appear that the Romney campaign outsourced the development of the system under extremely short deadlines and didn't really get their volunteers trained properly.  Nor was there any real data quality controls.

    I do corporate IT for a living and this has all the hallmarks of "modern" outsourced IT which separates the developers from the systems operations.  I don't have much insight into the Obama campaign's IT but my impression is that it's much more based around a DevOps model where the developers are intimately involved in the operations.  

    The other thing that really sticks out to me is that the Obama campaign uses IT to facilitate and empower their volunteers' work.  The data is important but the work of the volunteers trumps the technology.  I have no doubt that in the event of system failure in the Obama campaign the GOTV effort would have been almost as successful.

    And their data wasn't perfect.  A couple of days before the election I got an email asking for a last minute contribution saying I hadn't contributed even though I had through Act Blue.  

    •  That's not a bug, that's a feature!!! (5+ / 0-)

      ...you really thought they were going to stop asking for money?

      The way to respond to the outrageous is with outrage; the way to respond to the ridiculous is with ridicule.

      by Dan E in Blue Hampshire on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 03:23:30 PM PST

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      •  Agree with BostonGrant (0+ / 0-)

        I got many emails from various Dem campaign groups that, "We just checked our records, and it shows your last contribution was [sometime months ago]," when I was contributing monthly to DCCC, DSCC, and OfA. Perhaps these emails were from some particular "Victory Fund" or some such, and not the umbrella organization or Act Blue, but I generally trashed them.

        More effective for me were emails under the name of a particular person in the campaign whom I respect.

    •  This tells us that (5+ / 0-)

      Just about everything would be Romney's Katrina, under a Romney administration.

      He relied on bad intelligence regarding the sequence of events in Benghazi. He relied on bad internal polling. He relied on bad exit polling.

      If he was not fit to invest in proven, tested, excellent intelligence gathering for his campaign, why should we conclude that he would move heaven and earth to ensure he had a White House with excellent intelligence gathering about unemployment, healthcare and foreign policy?

      The choice of our lifetime: Mitt Romney, It Takes A Pillage or President Barack Obama, Forward Together.

      by FiredUpInCA on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 03:37:45 PM PST

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    •  PHB? (1+ / 0-)
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      Is that Pointy-Haired Boss? Player's Handbook? Per-Hop Behavior? Prohibitin? Public Health Bulletin? Or what?

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      by JayC on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:10:13 PM PST

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