Doomed: Challenges and solutions to government IT projects | Brookings Institution

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English: At a meeting with representatives of US public, academic and political circles. Русский: На встрече с представителями американской общественности, научных и политических кругов. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In an article published by international think-tank, Brookings, Niam Yaraghi writes about why government IT projects often fail and what can be done to improve their rate of success.

Source: Doomed: Challenges and solutions to government IT projects | Brookings Institution

Before I retired from mainstream activities, I was a international transformation specialist who rescued large, high-risk IT programs from failure.

So for me, the article by Niam Yaraghi is rather simplistic. It fails to address the role of major IT houses and consultancies who peddle their expertise, yet step away when the stack of cards crashes  – but they always seem to get paid. Whether it’s the US or the UK, in big government IT projects, there’s a massive amount of cronyism. In the UK, for example, top-government IT posts go to former partners of major consultancies. The cronyism cranks up the cost-plus engine, calling in lower level cronies and the taxpayer stomps up the bill. Big recruiters perpetuate the cronyism peddling contractors. All of this is peretuated by deploying bureaucratic methodologies that have been seriously discredited.

To really understand why government IT projects fail, it’s necessary to take a subjective look at the problem. I would recommend reading one of my most popular blogs, which looked at UK local authorities investing in shared services.

For me, the best way to get value-for-money and effective service quality from the public sector is to downsize government at every-level, outsourcing and offshoring as much as possible, just retaining policy units in the public sector. Of course, there are strategic considerations and national risks to consider but these can be mitigated.

For me, the big bureaucracies and their cronies will never be able to deliver effectively. By the way, I’m not biased against the public sector, the same remedies should be deployed with big banks! I admit that I don’t like bureaucracies, especially those that are big on broken-processes.


Opinion: ‘A culture of cronyism and broken leadership’: The withering verdict of MPs on BBC over payoffs debacle ex Mail Online-John Gelmini

BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place at the ...

BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place at the head of Regent Street, London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf asks a perfectly reasonable question the answer to which should be right now.

The reality is that the BBC are part of an Oxbridge educated elite which runs the Government,all the opposition parties, Big Business, local authorities and quangocracy.

They look after themselves, cover up for themselves and have one rule for themselves and another for everyone else.

Everyone else is anyone earning less than £250,000 gbp annually and is not one of them.

Those outside the charmed circle are subject to the law, are there to be taxed, swindled, lied to, tricked and misled.

They represent the “sheep” whose role it is to work, pay taxes be told what to think, told what to do and then die.

The BBC is a shameless advocate for itself and is run by people who think that they can do as they like.

Nothing will happen to the BBC apparatchiks because they know where the politicians bodies are buried.

The system is corrupt and will only change if the young Millennials force change by stopping watching television altogether thus rendering the BBC and its anachronistic licence fee, obsolete.

That time will come but Dr Alf and I are going to have to wait a very long time before this equivalent of the UK’s “Berlin Wall” is torn down.

John Gelmini

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