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Live from CSForum: It’s not a technology problem

It’s not a technology problem, by Leisa Reichelt

Leisa works in government. It can feel like being a thousand monkeys on typewriters, but it’s for a good purpose.

“Be clear about what you’re doing. The reason is unlikely to be ‘transformation.’” -Kate Tarling

“Far too many people claim they’re doing ‘transformation’ when they’re merely doing the same things faster/cheaper.” -Dr. Jerry Fishenden

Doing the same thing faster/cheaper isn’t a bad thing. But it isn’t transformation. It’s possible that no government is doing transformation. It gets blocked, because business and IT would have to be aligned on the priorities. Transformation is way too much work for those two groups.

Real transformation is risky. Changing institutions is disruptive. It could result in people not getting paid, not being able to take care of their kids, etc. The risks when working in government are HUGE. So it’s valid that gov’t groups as: “why would we do this to ourselves?” Continue Reading