Re: Smaller Projects
Yes, leadership churn is up there as an issue even in local as well as federal levels. Changes in elected "leaders" results in new dept and division appointees. At our local level, my 35 yrs witnessed a parade of unqualified management. When your IT manager refers to IT staff as equivalent to Librarians, checking IN and OUT books, well that speaks volumes.
Personnally, I also fault contractors. Most IT projects of any size in government are essential run by private contractors. Any sharp IT person could likely walk into any government "maintenance only" shop and immediately see, large new system implementations is beyond the skills of staff and management. That is, ripe for the pickings.
No contract with a private IT contractor under those circumstances will every hold their feet to the fire.
My ex-employer, 5yrs ago started a replace Finanicals and HR...for $7mil.....its now over $25mil and still plowing along. Most upper management were "replaced", contractors replaced, project staff changed, product mix changed, timelines missed and written in pencil...always!!!