Comments on: Dear Prime Minister – leave tech spending alone http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2010/06/17/dear-prime-minister-leave-tech-spending-alone/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:37:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: AlisdairWilkes http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2010/06/17/dear-prime-minister-leave-tech-spending-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-11646 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 22:19:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=7725#comment-11646 Many government IT projects fail not because politicians interfere and ‘change their minds’ but because as projects get under-way it becomes clear that the original requirements were misunderstood, over complicated or badly defined.

Many grand IT schemes are often too big and bold to be successful as part of a single project and are frequently badly structured commercially because of bad procurement practices and inexperienced (or inappropriately experienced) Civil Servants.

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By: IanKemmish http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2010/06/17/dear-prime-minister-leave-tech-spending-alone/comment-page-1/#comment-11644 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:03:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=7725#comment-11644 If it’s such a common occurrence, might a reasonable person not expect a competent architect to anticipate major changes in the specifications and to be able to cope with them?

In the private sector, one typically has to deal with such changes in priorities in the few hours between a major product announcement by a competitor and the first panicky phone call from a customer. At least in the public sector, such changes appear to tkae place over weeks or months.

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