I’ve written in the past about the government’s abysmal track record on IT development. I met with the local MP to discuss the issues but he didn’t really get it; he sent me away to write a policy paper for him which I really had time for… So good news that someone is doing something about it with a petition on the Number 10 website.
In his recent update on the progress of the petition, Rob Bowley mentions the Rural Payments Agency project. I can’t attest to either have been an ‘expert’ or to have had a salary anything near what he mentions, but I was a consultant on that project so nod in informed agreement. That experience gave me a benchmark to compare ‘bad’ ways of going about an IT project to compare with the ‘good’ world of lean and agile that I now inhabit.