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Apr 17 2010   11:27AM GMT

Overheard talking about TechStat

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Part of what we want to do in the government is to not just terminate projects but make sure we turn them around so they deliver on their business cases.

Vivek Kundra, Failure to produce results puts IT projects on the chopping block

Government 2.0 could just be called Government BPM but it’s not as sexy or glittery in a headline. Also, Government BPM sounds kind of medical…blood pressure management? Although in a real sense, that’s exactly what it is. Getting information to flow throughout the government in a healthy, manageable way. The technology is just a means to an end. It also sounds a little like bowel movement though, and that’s not good. Better stick with Government 2.0 and leave everyone trying to guess what exactly it is.

The TechStat initiative brings OMB officials and agency leaders together for in-person meetings to review IT Dashboard results and feedback from citizens. After a TechStat session, OMB takes action on underperforming projects by canceling, halting or overhauling them.

I wonder if there’s any authority behind TechStat. Need to find out. Can they pull the plug on funding? Or is it just a PR move to keep citizens happy and scare IT project managers into getting their act together or pulling the plug themselves?

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