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The Full Story of Canada’s Pay System Catastrophe

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An IT system called Phoenix was meant to replace old payroll systems in Canada’s federal government. They estimated it would cost $5.7 million. Then $300 million. A decade later, $4.2 billion has been spent and the system still doesn’t work.

While politicians continue to throw money into the fire, Canada’s federal employees have been underpaid, overpaid, or not paid at all. Some have lost their life savings, their home, their marriage, their dignity. It’s a catastrophe with no end in sight.

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David Sabine
David Sabine

David Sabine consults, trains, and leads teams that produce high-quality, large-scale software. He helps managers understand agility at all levels: delivery, leadership, and organizational design.

He works to improve the profession of software delivery whether consulting in the c-suite, embedded with product development managers, or teaching developers new agile engineering practices.

David has worked with startups who produce medical robotic devices, cloud platforms, and AI, as well as enterprises in the areas of retail, energy management, IoT, and finance.

He grew up in the Canadian prairies and has lived and worked in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Arizona, Florida, Bahamas, and Alberta.

David is a management consultant, product & program manager, author, technical coach, and software engineer. He teaches Scrum, Kanban, and is a frequent presenter at conferences. He is Executive Director of Ontario Scrum Community®, a TEDx alumnus, former professional musician, husband, and dad.

David can be reached at for media inquiries or consulting invitations.

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