IT Projects: Major Successes and Epic Failures
We often read about how government IT projects constantly run over budget, miss deadlines and encounter enormous difficulties. But, upon closer inspection, you may find that the public sector's track record on tech advances reflects a more balanced perspective: It includes major successes along with epic failures. (That probably sounds very familiar to IT professionals in private industry, as well.) With this in mind, the recent book, F.I.R.E.: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation (HarperBusiness/available now), showcases the following three government technology project successes as well as three failures. In addition to summarizing each project's eventual outcome, author Dan Ward presents helpful takeaways so IT teams in a government agency or industry sector can better recognize the underlying dynamics that drive positive results. Ward is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force who has specialized in researching, developing and fielding military equipment. He has worked in the Air Force Research Lab, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan, for which he received the Bronze Star.