Re: Without supporting Sky in any way...
"Overpriced and usually with a complete misunderstanding of IT themselves, "
In all forms of construction related activity, there's currently a desperate shortage of good project managers, what with Crossrail, Network Rail's enormo-programme, Highways Agency mid way through hosing £11bn on roads, housebuilders unable to keep up with demand, vast investments in crappola wind farms and solar PV, distribution networks looking to spend £17bn in the next five years on wires projects, etc. And it won't get easier any time soon, given the misbegotten plans for Hinkley Point, HS2, and the additional runway for Gatwick or Heathrow.
The best PM's gravitate to complex projects where they can earn big bucks, meaning that anything with a regional or rural dimension or tied to a soiled brand like BT will struggle to find good ones. Easy to find cheap, inexperienced or incompetent ones, and I suspect that's the problem. Along with the fact that this combines basic civils work with network design and install. Investments involving "IT + anything" are rarely a good combination.
The most galling thing about BT's FTTC roll out (which doesn't affect me, on glorious, glorious 100 Mb/s cable) is the apparent disconnection between different projects, leading to a failure to predict and quickly resolve problems that repeat time and again across the programme. You'd have thought that the scale of the project would mean that they'd be able to plan the damned programme well, and then operate a cookie cutter approach for the projects, like having resources like a KB for problems like "trunk road wayleaves" and for every other problem they've encountered.
My name is Sam Tyler. I had an accident and I woke up in BT's project planning team. Am I mad, or in a coma or back in time? Whatevers happened it's like I've landed on a different planet.
Oooh, and did I mention my 100 Mb's pipe?