In this piece on UID, Pratyush & I discuss on some Hygiene issues that would make or break the UID system. And we will definitely refer to the Technical Scope of the recent tenders as well. 🙂 In our last post, we had someone from the UID team telling us about the sarcasm in the post against philosophy of two-bid tendering system. Not really, it is not sarcasm. But an effort to look through the direction, the technical inconsistencies and ‘hygienically worrying lack of attention’ to the details. For example, check page 18 of this document which mentions the eGovernance platform and we refer –
The eGovernance Platform will consist mainly of 3 layers:
While the size of the contract awarded is not known (so much for transparency), Ernst & Young quoted Rs 7.05 crore to emerge the lowest bidder; Capgemini came next with Rs 8.6 crore, and PA Consulting quoted Rs 51 crore. Observe the range of skewness in this bidding from 7.05 crores to 51 crores in just three qualified bids! Funny competition we say.
Hygiene factors are defined clearly in Herzberg Two factor Hygiene – Motivation theory. In short these are design factors that dissatisfy a user (as opposed to satisfying him which Herzberg observed is independent). For example, in an office scenario this might be the cleanliness of bathrooms or availability of stationery or time taken to process payments etc. which might potentially rub people the wrong way and cause them to leave a job unfinished. Half-ass, in other words.
Well, so much for Technical Analysis on UID. We do not want to digress beyond this point 🙂 Do you?