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Why New York subway lines are missing countdown clocks

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Boy do I know how this feels:

A post-mortem by the Federal Highway Administration details how from the start, an agency which had had little experience with large “systems” projects tried to wing it. For instance, the consulting firm tasked with developing the project plan never made a list of requirements, didn’t talk to the workers who would be maintaining the system until after it was designed, and left vague instructions for large chunks of work—specifying, for instance, “similar functionality to what is currently available"—that later became the focus of drawn-out contract disputes.

A great piece, with just the right balance of techy details and business screw-ups.