Re: Yet again
Absolutely, 100% agree with this sentiment. Almost every single time that outsourcing is contemplated, be it government or private, the first question is "how cheap can you do it ?". In fact it rarely gets beyond that. If they ever do question the credentials it rarely figures in the final outcome.
It's almost always bean counters asking the questions rather than someone who actually knows what questions to ask and has a chance of understanding the answers. The requirements are invariably stated wrongly or are incomplete and almost the second the contract is signed the cost starts flowing back up the chain for "additional work not on the contract". You end up paying more than if you'd just gone to the experts in the first place for a worse service. Can you imagine getting a builder in under those rules ?
me: I need an extension built, how cheap can you do it:
builder: depends, how many floors ?
me: err, some floors.
builder: probably a few thousand pounds.
me: great when can you start. Oh by the way, you are a builder aren't you ?
builder: not as such but my mate once had a fence put up.
me: great, see you Monday.
builder: might be Wednesday my mate will need to put it out to tender.