Public Sector IT:

March, 2009

March 31, 2009  2:24 PM

Meeting your company’s targets – a one-sentence Sir Humphrey guide

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poor communications, Project management, spin

MPs on the House of Commons' Defence Committee have been trying to work out whether the Ministry of Defence has met its targets for 2007/8.

And they're not quite sure.

The secret of the MoD's success has been to be vague in the targets and sub-targets it sets. Then it reports...

March 30, 2009  2:30 PM

Why I’m opting out of e-records – chair, maternity association

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NPfIT, privacy

Beverly Beech, the chairwoman of the Association for Improvements in Maternity Services, has explained why she is opting out of the Summary Care Record, which is part of the NPfIT. She...

March 30, 2009  12:50 PM

Why Downing St makes some ill-informed IT decisions?

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Change management, crs, libra, NPfIT

There is nothing a government hates more than to be well-informed; for it makes the
process of arriving at decisions much more complicated and difficult - John Maynard Keynes

March 26, 2009  4:02 PM

What happened to £161m on prisons IT? NAO isn’t sure

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poor communications, Project management, spin, transparency and accountability

This is the full version of an article on 


Was record-keeping so poor it...

March 26, 2009  4:00 PM

Banned list of council jargon – now staff face fines

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jargon and cliches, poor communications

The Local Government Association is asking its staff to pay fines if they use words or phrases on a banned list.

The Association joins Original Software, which let me...

March 26, 2009  9:55 AM

“I’m all for more government databases”

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database state, IT and security, privacy

It's not often anything to do with big government databases makes me smile but this comment to the IT Projects blog yesterday did...

"As an out of...

March 25, 2009  11:22 AM

Jargon and cliches that cost software staff money

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jargon and cliches

When staff at Original Software use a cliché or jargon on the list below they pay a 20p fine to charity. It's a good idea, and charities would benefit if lots of other companies did the same.

The fine began before the Local Government Association published a

March 23, 2009  11:40 AM

Database state – the evidence

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database state

An important report was published on 23 March 2009 which included a list and summary of Britain's biggest public sector databases. The report has some mistakes but they're distractions rather than a reason to denigrate all it says, as

March 20, 2009  3:04 PM

Government defends “red” light on ID Cards Gateway review

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Article on

March 20, 2009  3:02 PM

Jargon ban – a hostile reaction by some in IT industry

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poor communications

News analysis on jargon on which will be in the print edition next week



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