Sam Dillon reports in the New York Times on states’ expensive efforts to implement new computerized record systems for tracking student grades, performance, attendance, and other data. These are complex and expensive systems, and many state education departments are seeing poor management result in many millions of dollars of waste.
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Timothy Johnson wrote an op-ed piece for the Des Moines Business Record describing one of the key elements associated with many project failures: information hiding. He points out that numerous elements in the project environment can contribute to the free flow (or lack) of information.
K.C Jones, writing in Information Week, describes how the Department of Homeland Security spent $2.
Sarah Arnott reports that UK energy giant Centrica has kicked Accenture off a £400m IT project. According the the article, Accenture was almost a year behind schedule on this project, which includes both Siebel and SAP components.
Usually, the Deck Chairs blog describes horror stories of waste, hubris, and failure. But not this time!
Another government project to talk about. This time around it’s a $1.
This is a follow-up to an earlier post about a $300M NSA project that will most likely never be used. The original article was written by Siobhan Gorman and published in the Baltimore Sun.
Big projects typically generate hundreds of pages of status reports—yet somehow it’s always a surprise when the project team ‘discovers’ that failure is right around the corner.In fact, says risk management expert Matthew Leitch, denial and information hiding can have deep roots early in the life of a project.
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Thanks to TechDirt for pointing this one out. The Baltimore Sun reports a $300M software screw-up at the National Security Agency.