The cost of failed Government IT projects was a news headline last night highlighting the naivete with which politicians thought technology was the panacea for ills. It again begged the question “Should IT projects exist?
When I was managing the IT for a large Government initiative I tried never to have a IT project – just projects that had an IT element. After all what we should be doing is helping organisations develop agile business processes to help them succeed rather than burdening them with costly, cumbersome technology infrastructures. However, while I laboured to get the point across the finger of blame for any failure – regardless of the reason – was neatly shifted to IT.
As the golden rule for protecting your backside demands – The last task in a project is to find someone to blame. In the politicians case it will be the IT never their own gullible selves.