Think big, deliver small

A report earlier this week from the Work Foundation reckons that the problem with government IT is that we’re too ambitious.

Contrary to the stereotype, public sector managers have sometimes been too gung-ho in their attitude to risk when developing and implementing information technology projects, wasting many millions of pounds of taxpayer’s money in the process.

I don’t disagree, but it’s easy to misunderstand the core ‘evolution not revolution’ message. This isn’t an invitation to abandon all ambition.

I absolutely agree, the only way to deliver change is through steady, incremental improvements. But you need people at the top who can think in revolutionary terms. The journey of a thousand miles begins – and continues – with a single step. But you need to know where you’re headed.