Michael Krigsman

Michael Krigsman is founder of cxotalk.com. He is recognized internationally as an industry analyst, strategy advisor, enterprise advocate, and industry commentator. As a columnist for ZDNet, He is a frequent conference speaker and a judge in prestigious industry contests such as the CIO100 contest (CIO Magazine) and CRM Idol. He is also a photographer whose work has been published by the Wall Street Journal, MIT, CNET News, and others. Michael is on Twitter at @mkrigsman.

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Government Regulation of IT Projects?

Government Regulation of IT Projects?

Kevin Brady poses the title question on his interesting blog. He makes the following argument:I pointed out during a challenging exchange that the only reason why the building and engineering industries had 95% + project success rates is because of strong regulation /legislation backed up by local government inspection and enforced professionalism i.

August 14, 2006 by in Government : US

Drip, Drip, Drip: Down the Drain

Drip, Drip, Drip: Down the Drain

Three years and $18 million later, the city of Philadelphia has temporarily stopped work on Project Ocean, “the most complex and biggest IT system in [Philadelphia’s] government.” The project was slated to be completed in one year, at a cost of $7 million.

August 11, 2006 by in Oracle

Australian Cargo

Australian Cargo

David Jacobson’s blog describes a report prepared by Booz Allen Hamilton, analyzing problems in the Australian Integrated Cargo System. The system is intended to track goods coming into Australia by either air or sea.

July 17, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

"Greatest IT Disaster in History"

"Greatest IT Disaster in History"

Leo McKinstry (Daily Mail) writes about a project in the UK that is being deployed for the National Health Service (NHS). From the article:The Government warned that its flagship computer network for the NHS, which was meant to go on-line at the end of last year, is still hopelessly behind schedule and could end up costing over £20billion, more than £14 billion above its original estimate.

June 9, 2006 by in Networking

Overdue Books

Overdue Books

Autumn Grooms reports in the La Crosse Tribune how a 14-year old boy received a $22,840 library fine for a book that was six days overdue. According to Judy Jamesson, secretary to the library director, “During that merger [of two systems], obviously, things happened.

May 26, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

Knowing When to Quit

Knowing When to Quit

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.

May 21, 2006 by in Tech & Work

Failing Grades

Failing Grades

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.

May 16, 2006 by in IBM

Our Lips are Sealed

Our Lips are Sealed

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.

May 15, 2006 by in CXO

Booted!

Booted!

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.

May 13, 2006 by in Hardware

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