‘Failures in a project to support subsidy payments for farmers could end up costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds.’
We haven’t seen statements like this around failed government IT projects for a bit.
That doesn’t mean sentences like this don’t still need to be written…
Or that public sector IT projects aren’t continuing to crash and burn, of course.
The warning came last year from the influential House of Commons’ Public Affairs Committee on the troubled Rural Payments system.
Whitehall has done some great work on upping its game when it comes to IT in the past few years, with innovations like G-Cloud, the Major Projects Agency and GDS.
But the danger of IT failure is still a very-present one… unless – perhaps – we flip the way we think about failure, and see it as a positive motor for genuine progress.
The thinking comes from independent UK cloud software provider Ctrl O.
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It markets a cloud-based data management application called Linkspace that provides a secure, flexible and unbreakable framework for capturing, sharing and protecting your data, and which is also available off The Digital Marketplace.
And in a new White Paper – Digital Transformation: Balancing Risk and Reward, Ctrl O’s experts have put together a useful set of guidance on new ways of thinking about the IT project failure headache.
“In our work with transformation teams we see daily successes from risk-informed innovation,” the document states.
Even better, it goes on to claim, “Risk-informed transformation allows much to be achieved using small steps.
“It also ‘future-proofs’ projects by giving the user-team the tools to solve their own problems, and to pivot when those problems change.”
If you’re open to new ways of thinking about project delivery, this free online resource could be a great way to start.
Go here for your own free copy of the study – and let’s hope your current IT project never ends up being the subject of MP ire.