[LINK] Effect of New Government on ICT in Canberra

Kim Holburn kim.holburn at gmail.com
Wed Sep 11 12:36:38 AEST 2013

On 2013/Sep/11, at 11:49 AM, Jan Whitaker wrote:

> At 11:30 AM 11/09/2013, Kim Holburn wrote:
>> Trouble is who do you ask?  Someone who understands IT?  Someone who 
>> thinks they understand IT?  I don't agree really.  Not all IT people 
>> want more IT.  Non-IT people are not likely to understand the 
>> problem.  What you want, to stretch your metaphor is an IT dietician.
> I like that concept. Can I steal/borrow it?

Go for it.  Surely we can think up a better name though.  

> It's a role I often play because I'm not an engineer or programmer 
> and *think* I can see the bigger picture of the context, the systems 
> involved, and not just the next you beaut thing. But even so, I can't 
> be the naive user any more, so those voices need to be included as well.
> Green skins out of IT ed/training aren't ready because they don't 
> have the breadth of life experience, but they are possibly have the 
> latest developments fresh in their heads. Plus they are more likely 
> to be digital natives and understand the concepts, helping to advance 
> things around the possible.
> Bottom line: you involve a lot of different people and pray that the 
> sign-off doesn't favour one view over another without transparent 
> explanation for why, often called the business case. Unfortunately, 
> too many major projects are happening now without a business case or 
> the business case is being withheld from the public, despite the fact 
> that tax moneys are paying for those projects. Witness the east-west 
> link in Victoria. Shameful!
> Jan
> Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
> jwhit at janwhitaker.com
> Sooner or later, I hate to break it to you, you're gonna die, so how 
> do you fill in the space between here and there? It's yours. Seize your space.
> ~Margaret Atwood, writer
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