Standards New Zealand is considering whether to follow its Australian counterpart in developing guidelines designed to prevent IT project failures such as the infamous Police Incis project.
Standards NZ has asked Standards Australia for a draft copy of new guidelines it is developing for IT governance and project management.
Standards Australia will develop an online community of interest, which will work on the guidelines and release the result for public comment next year. The group will deal with issues such as: lack of awareness and involvement at the CEO and board level, poor elicitation and documentation of require-ments and specifications, lack of user consultation, failure to apply essential project management practices, excessive manage-ment expectations, personality clashes between members of the project team, artificial deadline setting and poor con-tracting decisions and management.
Standards NZ general manager of business relationships Lisa Tipping says the New Zealand organisation, which often works with Standards Australia, will decide whether to proceed further once it has seen the details in the draft. Tipping says it will be February or early March before Standards New Zealand has made a decision. If it decides to go further it will then talk to various parties in New Zealand that may be interested or are likely to be affected. Possible candidates are the State Service Commission’s e-government unit, ITANZ, TUANZ, the Institute of Directors, systems integrators, consultants and organisations which undertake large IT projects, she says.
A ministerial inquiry into Incis cited lack of governance and management structures, lack of quality and risk management processes and the project having no structure for approval or monitoring as non-technology reasons for its eventual abandonment. LINZ’s Landonline project has been another high profile disappointment.
According to a report produced by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research and the Simpl Group in 2000, a 38% success rate was achieved for all IT projects in the New Zealand core government sector, compared with 38% in the non-core public sector and 31% in the private sector.