Government does not learn from IT failures

The Government has failed to learn the lessons from a string of troubled IT projects, according to the IT managers questioned in...

The Government has failed to learn the lessons from a string of troubled IT projects, according to the IT managers questioned in this week's Computer Weekly/Harvey Nash Big Question poll.

In the wake of continued concerns over the Probation Service's IT strategy, only 4% of IT managers believe the Government has learnt any lessons from its catalogue of IT disasters.

One IT manager said, "As someone working in government, I can say that at the working level there is a real desire to learn lessons and deliver. The issue is around the labyrinthine procedures that bedevil everything in government and waste far more money than any failed IT project.

"Most senior people just want the correct boxes ticked as a defence. When anything goes wrong, more policies and procedures are introduced, whether they are appropriate or not."

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