Re: Bold or timid?
VanRoekel is definitely advocating the former -- not that agencies shouldn't think big, just not continue to commission huge IT projects that take years to execute. One of the root problems of government IT is that funding is allocated on a yearly basis. But when IT projects can take 3-5 years to build, they fall prey to disruptive changes in out-year funding, the rotation of political appointees and senior leaders who alter course, and an acquisition process that must meet so many requirements, the technology is outdated by the time it's built. VanRoekel is advocating commissioing smaller, more agile and more iterative IT improvements, and a shift to services where agencies.