As a private sector IT professional working with the latest cloud technology I've become more interested in why government don't follow the same project methodologies and use the same tech as us. Afterall we seem to work on similar scale projects successfully. So to start learning more I signed up for a post-graduate degree in cyber security that involved a unit on how policy making in government affects it outcomes.
Renai's journalism appears prominently in searches of government IT projects, so that's how I found out about his book. As a novice I've found this book really interesting because it explores in depth the history leading up to the outcome of large scale it projects. It's eye opening how much politics influences projects over engineering, and how outdated the processes used to deliver projects have become.
I feel like I could make a difference by stepping into the government system and applying some industry best practices. Renai's book is a good warning and expectation setter that it wouldn't be an easy ride, but I'm glad I read his book because it provides valuable insight.
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The Frustrated State: How terrible tech policy is deterring digital Australia Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B07HP98RQ3
- Publisher : LeMay & Galt Media (25 September 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 1955 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 317 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 414,416 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in Australia on 8 November 2018
Expected this to be a touch dull, a litany of bad management and 'told-you-so', but Renai's way with words and insight into the machinations of policy and the wonks who administer made it well worth the read. So good in fact, it's worth reading twice, especially Chapter 4. For anyone who's lived through the evolution of Australia's tech policy this is a must read.