The Trillion Dollar Bonfire is smouldering in air-conditioned helicopter hangars in Wiltshire. The National Audit Office has lambasted the procurement of eight Chinook helicopters, delivered in 2001 but still not fit for their intended role. The procurement has been described as “a gold-standard cock-up” and the original budget is estimated to almost double, costing the UK Ministry of Defence nearer £500K.
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Life is full of intriguing paradoxes and none more so than the regular imbalance between IT investment and IT strategy. This is so widespread that I feel compelled to declare a new law of computing: Beveridge’s Law, which states that the financial investment in technology is inversely proportional to the organisation’s strategic planning effort.
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It’s no surprise that the contract has broken down. I have seen so many similar situations, where the client expects the contractor to be “more flexible” (i.e. taking more risk) without recognising the need for mirroring the expected flexibility themselves (i.e. rewarding the increased risk of the contractor). The client can’t have it both ways.
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