Friday, October 29, 2010
Notable articles from the week of October 25, 2010.

Gadi Ben-Yehuda

John Kamensky
  • Industry IT Fix-It Panel. The big news this week has been the TechAmerica Foundation’s industry panel report on improving IT project management to increase chances of success. Read the “GTO-21” report here!
  • Program Management. Steve Kelman of Harvard, blogs about how political appointees tend to undermine large IT projects because of constant turnover. . . and he proposed a “Continuity Award” to new appointees who don’t reflexively junk whatever their predecessors were doing!
  • Grand Design. Frank McDonough, retired from GSA but still actively engaged, reminds us that the problems and solutions associated with program management are not new. He recently resurrected a 1988 piece, summarizing the six keys to avoiding Grand Design failures in developing IT systems.
  • Dr. Dave. Did you know that David McClure, associate director for GSA’s Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies has his own avatar and blog? Here’s a recent entry about no-cost policy-compliant social media tools. He’s worth bookmarking!


Dan Chenok



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