Please read this interesting report by the Institute for Government (IfG),  recommending a new approach to address key and recurring issues in government based projects.  Food for thought & action I would suggest.

An excerpt from IfG:

Despite spending around £16 billion per annum, Whitehall and Westminster often see IT as a necessary evil: a risk to be mitigated rather than an opportunity to be exploited.

Information technology should be a transformational force, a tool to enable government not only to improve public services but to dramatically improve the relationship between citizen and state.

System Error: fixing the flaws in government IT sets out the case for a new approach to IT in the public sector, and recommends tackling two important aspects simultaneously:

a) platform – delivering government-wide efficiencies of scale and interoperability
b) agile – facilitating rapid response and innovation at the front line.

Our report demonstrates that by implementing both of these elements, government could see cost and time savings whilst delivering a more effective and flexible service.

System Error has been welcomed by government CIO Joe Harley:

“As Government CIO I find the report very helpful. The approach to platform and agile is useful and constructive. Government has a large and complex IT estate and the majority of it works efficiently and effectively. However, we are always looking for ways to improve and this report has a number of very useful recommendations for us to consider as we formulate our ICT Strategy. I look forward to working with the Institute in the future.”

Collaborative Consulting can support the IfG recommendations by helping organisations successfully introduce an effective, scalable agile approach whilst maintaining effective governance.

Access the full report here

Information technology should be a transformational force, a tool to enable government not only to improve public services but to dramatically improve the relationship between citizen and state.

System Error: fixing the flaws in government IT sets out the case for a new approach to IT in the public sector, and recommends tackling two important aspects simultaneously:

  1. platform – delivering government-wide efficiencies of scale and interoperability
  2. agile – facilitating rapid response and innovation at the front line.

Our report demonstrates that by implementing both of these elements, government could see cost and time savings whilst delivering a more effective and flexible service.

System Error has been welcomed by government CIO Joe Harley:

“As Government CIO I find the report very helpful. The approach to platform and agile is useful and constructive. Government has a large and complex IT estate and the majority of it works efficiently and effectively. However, we are always looking for ways to improve and this report has a number of very useful recommendations for us to consider as we formulate our ICT Strategy. I look forward to working with the Institute in the future.”