Changes to BBC website clock will take '100 staffing days'

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  4th Jun 2013 - 22:20 4th Jun 2013
Julian Wellings
Expertise on Tap

Changes to BBC website clock will take '100 staffing days'

From BBC Ariel:

"The BBC must take action over the analogue-style clock that features prominently on the homepage after a complaint is upheld by the BBC Trust. 
A member of the public complained that the clock on the homepage merely reproduces the time stored on an individual computer's internal system, whether it's accurate or not. The complainant added that there is no labelling which makes clear that the clock isn't independently verified and that it may not be 'factually accurate'."

Fair point. I always assumed it showed the correct time. But what gets me is further on in the article it states that
"it would take around 100 staffing days to make the changes involved in switching to an independent clock."    

Whaaat?  Why will it take so long? There must be some 4N members who could fix it quicker than that?!

 
  4th Jun 2013 - 23:05 4th Jun 2013

Someone has to sit there and move the second hand, by hand, every second to stay in time with Big Ben - no lesser standard is acceptable, hence the staffing requirement. 

  4th Jun 2013 - 23:42 4th Jun 2013
Lee Rickler
Point and Stare

Primary meeting organised by committee.
Consultation carried out by committee.
Finances requested by committee.
New department formed/ staff interviewed/ hired by committee.
Design by committee.
Development by committee.
Consultation on new design/ dev by committee.
Design/ dev researched by committee.
Expired changes requested by committee.
Launch party organised by committee.
Launch of new clock carried out by intern.
Inquiry into why the launch was late/ delayed/ bought the house down by committee.

Revert to step 1/ rinse/ repeat.

  4th Jun 2013 - 23:56 4th Jun 2013
Quote:

Primary meeting organised by committee.
Consultation carried out by committee.
Finances requested by committee.
New department formed/ staff interviewed/ hired by committee.
Design by committee.
Development by committee.
Consultation on new design/ dev by committee.
Design/ dev researched by committee.
Expired changes requested by committee.
Launch party organised by committee.
Launch of new clock carried out by intern.
Inquiry into why the launch was late/ delayed/ bought the house down by committee.

Revert to step 1/ rinse/ repeat.

That's a bit like my decision making/new service launch process:

"Aye, I like that, change that, now it's fine, how much?"

 

  5th Jun 2013 - 09:32 5th Jun 2013
Julian Wellings
Expertise on Tap

Aha, loving that Lee. Time to wheel out some of my favourite committee sayings. 

1. A commmittee is a cul de sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.

2. A committee is a body of people that can make a decision that is dumber than any of its members.,

3. A committee keeps minutes and loses hours.

4. A camel looks like a horse that was planned by a committee.

5. If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.  

More here >

  5th Jun 2013 - 09:45 5th Jun 2013
Caroline Woodward
The Symphony Group

So what is the time?

  5th Jun 2013 - 09:54 5th Jun 2013
Gary Smith
Scotz.Net
Quote:

 

Hi Julian,

Absolutely brilliant, many of which I had not seen before.

I was once on a project where meetings were short. They were either held in corridors or, if confidential, were held in a room with no chairs. They were quick and a damn sight more effective than any others I went to.

On another project, at one meeting, I had to start tearing up £5 notes every five minutes to illustrate how much money I was costing them to sit at the meeting and do bugger all (luckily torn bank notes, once sellotaped back together, are usable).

Gary

  5th Jun 2013 - 09:55 5th Jun 2013
Mark Jones
Fit Out Finance
Quote:

Aha, loving that Lee. Time to wheel out some of my favourite committee sayings. 

1. A commmittee is a cul de sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.

2. A committee is a body of people that can make a decision that is dumber than any of its members.,

3. A committee keeps minutes and loses hours.

4. A camel looks like a horse that was planned by a committee.

5. If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.  

More here >

Nobody ever put up a monument in memory of a committee..

 

  5th Jun 2013 - 10:08 5th Jun 2013
Martin Gaunt
The Computer Technic...

Nice job if you can get it.

1)  It will come in over budget.

2) It will have some kind of bug.

3) The public will not like it.

Need  I go on.

4ner's e-mail your bids put the BBC to shame.

100 days wars have been won and lost in less time.

  5th Jun 2013 - 10:27 5th Jun 2013
Heather Siverns
Starsiren Office Ser...

As an ex-BBC'er I have to ask, Lee, have you ever or do you work for the Beeb as that's pretty accurate - more so than the clock!

 

  5th Jun 2013 - 10:54 5th Jun 2013
Julian Wellings
Expertise on Tap
Quote: Caroline

So what is the time?

By the time you read this the clock will be wrong Caroline. Really impressed though that the location and the date are 100% accurate.

 

  5th Jun 2013 - 11:05 5th Jun 2013
Gary Smith
Scotz.Net

I suppose it begs the question "Why Bother". Only a broken watch is accurate, well, twice a day anyway.

Gary

  5th Jun 2013 - 12:18 5th Jun 2013
Michael Mertens
Mertens IT Consulting

There is a clock?

'nuff said.

  5th Jun 2013 - 12:55 5th Jun 2013
Lee Rickler
Point and Stare

Heather - many moons ago I worked on a lot for BBC online, so, yeah, I know that it can take a month just to get a simple animated gif commissioned and signed off.

  5th Jun 2013 - 14:17 5th Jun 2013
Ben Timberley
Egality Communities

The difference between consensus and committee is subtle, but important.

The BBC is a tired old warhorse, that probably needs retiring.

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