Fast iteration and small steps helping UK government IT projects

Interesting news today of the UK government moving to a much more active and agile-like way to run IT projects. Quote from the article:

“But if this project succeeds it could have a wider benefit than modernising government transactions – it could show the way forward for any kind of major public sector IT project.

Or at least that is what Mike Bracken thinks. The boss of the Government Digital Service was previously the digital director at the Guardian and has had a long career in the technology sector. He contrasts the approach his team is taking with the standard government IT procurement process, where a massive contract is handed to an outside supplier, inevitably a huge company.

“You then end up three years later with something that might be fit for what you were doing five years ago.” Compare this with the GDS approach: “Do it quick, fail fast, learn your lessons and continue to change – that’s why you need the skills inside the organisation.” And with a philosophy of open standards, there is much more flexibility to work with other, smaller suppliers as the project moves on.

Full piece at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23354062.

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