re: We Must Run Government IT Like A Startup
All nation-states have their method of funding (Somalia included probably) and creation of laws depending on their form of government. But whether it is government or private industry there should be one common expectation - quality. It must work or be reparable, delivering a non functional service with little or no expectation to fix its shortcomings is asking for criticism. Development inherently implies acceptance of setbacks (failures if you prefer) but they should be kept in a sandbox environment to the maximum extent possible with an action plan to address the unanticipated. As Mr. Feldman stated the "slow, lumbering, and unresponsive" should change. A starting point might be changing the mindset of those who first evaluate a project from "how can we avoid this" and to a "how can we do this." Without getting into a long explanation of personal history, it comes from close, extensive experience.