[LINK] Big IT projects fiasco number 148

David Lochrin dlochrin at d2.net.au
Fri Nov 16 11:30:26 AEDT 2007

On Thursday 15 November 2007 21:16, Jan Whitaker wrote:
> >Failed satellite program faced spending, engineering problems.
> >
> >The http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/11/washington/11satellite.html New
> >York Times (11/11, Taubman) reported on the history of a failed spy
> >satellite program called Future Imagery Architecture, to which the
> >government allotted $5 billion for development in 1998. [...]

   I can just imagine the crisis meetings in Boeing as the full disaster unfolded - the ritual shedding of blame & guilt onto others, the frantic combing through old documents for salvation or incriminating evidence...

   It would be interesting to know the full story re the automatic ticketing system for Sydney public transport which I think has been canned by the State Government, and whether the original Requirements Specification was practicable in the first place.  I can think of a wonderful example of the latter situation in local IT memory.


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