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Project canceled after 30 months - € 87M down the tube...

September 1, 2008 |

A massive project to revamp the UWV social security offices' computer system has flopped, costing the state €87m, reports DutchNews.

An investigation is currently under way into the failure of the project and should be completed at the end of this year.

The project was being carried out by in-house staff and computer services firm Logica and was canceled in June after 30 months of work.

Don't tell me nobody saw that coming.

It reminds me of a story about an IT project gone wrong for the NHS that Clarke Ching once used to illustrate what issues any software development project faces.


© Clarke Ching 2005

The National Audit Office has identified changes to specifications after the award of IT contracts as a key reason for regular delays and overspends on government projects.

That's from 2005, I wonder what different conclusions turn up this time around?

In short, the best way to down a software or web development project can be accomplished by any organization in three simple steps:

  • Think of everything in advance

  • Fight change vehemently

  • Then lie about the consequences and blame everyone else

What other software or web development projects do you know of that have gone horribly wrong?


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