Some of the most dramatic examples of IT-related waste can be seen in public sector projects. To get a handle on why government projects are so problematic, I spoke with Lydia Segal, one of the nation’s foremost experts on waste and corruption in public schools.
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Patricia Keefe has a blog entry in Information Week, where she describes two failed projects: the FBI Virtual Case File and the Mecklenburg County court system, both of which you can read about in this blog.Patricia raises the question of deciding when it’s time to kill a project.
The Charlotte Observer’s Carrie Levine describes an ugly IT situation faced by Mecklenburg County, NC. Here’s what happened.
Ever get the feeling that your project isn’t running well but you can’t seem to put your finger on the cause? That vague feeling of misunderstanding is often difficult to quantify, define, and diagnose.
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.
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.