Glyn Evans has been on the front line of the government IT for past 30 years and has now discovers few things about public sector which he somehow believes could be the reason for professional failure in chief tech projects. He deems the bequest of failure of government over major tech projects can be associated with the flaws made in appointing the heads for these projects. He exclaims that public sector’s common history of change is more or less that of “an amateur pursuit”. Responsibilities of major IT projects are handed over to the people without considering whether have that knack or skill to lead.
With an inappropriate head, organizations are not able to achieve the benefits from the project that can actually come to them. According to Evans, such problems appear more the public sector IT projects when attempts are made to modify the current technologies and manners of performing a job within the organization. Things are quiet fruitful when it comes to the development of something novel. He alluded to the delay in National Programme for IT as an example and in support of what his research about public sector speaks off. He quoted the main reason behind the downfall of IZT projects in public sector is because there the people emphasize more over changing the technology instead of rectifying the business strategies which cause inefficiency in the organization.
While heading the Birmingham City Councils huge programme he found that troublesome was not the technology but the way organization was operating flanking the technology which created the herculean challenge in front to them. People running the organization take the policy are IT projects and not like business change projects which serves as the alibi for project failure. He also had to face a number of problems while completing the transformation programme including technical problems, staff etc.
He said they could have done a lot better had the staff been more engaged into the programme at the first place. Presently Glyn Evans will be leaving his position as the corporate director of business change at Birmingham City Council to take up the post as a senior research assistant at the Warwick Business School. He is looking forward to a place where he could have better overall support and could develop some few policies and projects for the technological development of the country.