WaterlooWorks

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WaterlooWorks was a failed software project that was intended to replace the JobMine job matching system. It was estimated to have cost the university $2.75 million.[1][2][3]

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History

Creation

Work on WaterlooWorks began as a result of the CECS Employment Process Review that was carried out in 2006.[4] The project to replace JobMine was spearheaded by its lead architect, Professor Dr. Kenneth McKay. (Who was the director of IST's Special Projects Group[5]) The project picked up the name "Joberloo", and was to be developed using an "Agile Scrum development philosophy".[6] In 2007, it was estimated that the project would be deployed in 2009 or 2010.[7]

Pilot Project

Trials of the WaterlooWorks system were done over a period of three terms, starting in Spring 2010. They were carried out using students from the School of Architecture and the co-op job postings meant for those students.[8]

Official Cancellation

  • On February 25, 2011, the Daily Bulletin posted the announcement on the website.[9] In the article, it notes that "Staff in CECS (the co-operative education and career services department) and information systems and technology got the word on Tuesday."
  • On February 28, 2011, the University Senate met and the cancellation of the project was discussed[10]
  • On March 18, 2011, an email was sent out to students announcing the cancellation[11]

All cancellation announcements cited a scalability, usability, and stabilty, concern.

External Audit

Since the project was estimated to have cost the university $2.75 million, an external audit was commissioned and created by Deloitte. Officially entitled WaterlooWorks - Post Project Review, the contents were never made public.

References

  1. [1] Senator Report. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  2. [2] SENATE SNIPS: Notes from February 28 Senate meeting. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  3. [3] Letter to the Editor: Waterloo Works. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  4. [4] JobMine Expected to Retire in 2009-10. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  5. [5] Minutes of the Meeting held June 17, 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  6. [6] Job description for web developer. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  7. [7] JobMine Expected to Retire in 2009-10. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  8. [8] Back to JobMine as co-op project killed. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  9. [9] Back to JobMine as co-op project killed. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  10. [10] Minutes of the Monday, February 28, 2011 Meeting. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  11. [11] Do we still have that new jobmine thing going on?. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
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