Ready-testing and Obamacare

The government is trying to avoid breaking down the program into bite size pieces and digesting it. At this rate, they will choke on it. Photo: wikicommons

MISSOURI, October 31, 2013 —  Because the Obamacare website never conducted end to end testing, the system will never be implemented as it is defined today. According to one of the corporations that was part of the development team, the system was only tested two weeks before implementation. The need for the testing phase was ignored, with politics trumping technical requirements.

Technology program managers know that any large-scale integrated system must go through a Systems Development Life Cycle (SLDS) methodology regarding testing. Before Obamacare was launched, the product should have gone through the following steps:


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Design Reviews - Results-system design, ready to be translated into computer programs, hardware configuration, documentation and training.

Program Peer walk through-Results-Computer software ready for testing or more detail inspections by the developer.

Code analysis- Results-Computer software ready for testing by the system developer.

Unit Testing-Results-Software unit ready for testing with other system components such as other software units, hardware, documentation or users.


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Interface Testing—Results-Portions of the system are ready for testing with other portions of the system.

Systems Testing-Performed by the systems developers and users -Description of Task-the testing of an entire or segment of the computer system. This kind of test must include security, functional and structural testing such as stress testing and validation of the systems requirements.

Beta testing-select a state and have the system available for use by the public. This test must be perfected prior to total implementation to the United States citizens for use.

To successfully implement the Obamacare system, it must be broken down into manageable segments that support a specific functional requirement rather than trying to implement the complete system at one time.


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They are trying to eat the whole cake at one time instead of taking just one piece, one bite at a time. With this approach, they will choke on it.


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Charles Vandegriff, Sr.

Charles is a fifty-four-year career in technology retiring at the directors level from three major corporations. Followed by three-plus years as a free-lance columnist, published three books, over three hundred speeches to senior organizations, radio interviews, one television commercial and finally married for sixty-five years, four children, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grand children. 

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