I wrote last week about budget overrun problems the Veterans Administration was having while building hospitals, but evidently their project management difficulties run deeper.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has spent more than $408 million to install solar panels on its medical facilities in recent years, despite many of the projects experiencing significant delays and some of the systems not becoming operational at all.
The VA has failed to effectively plan and manage these solar panel projects, resulting in significant delays and additional costs, according to a report released by the agency’s inspector general last week.
According to investigators, all of the projects were supposed to be finished in about seven to 12 months but instead were completed—or remain expected to be completed—on average, within 42 months. View the full story… freebeacon.com
In one case in Arkansas the panels, after being uninstalled and reinstalled, were never turned on because they were incompatible with the local electrical grid!
Recently, the U.S. Government has been turning to Agile development techniques in order to improve things…
They’re employing agile development techniques to roll out new systems more quickly; setting up innovation centers to encourage and facilitate new ways of thinking; and seeking ways to change the procurement process to lower barriers to innovation. Each approach has proven its merit in practice.
Agile software development emphasizes quick iterative development cycles, in which developers roll out and then improve one version after another, learning as they go, rather than striving for perfection at the end of a single, long development cycle. Agile has been a mainstay in commercial industry for years, but it’s still a relatively new concept in government. To be successful, agile demands changes on all sides of the government acquisition process. View the full post… govtechworks.com
Even the Project Management Institute (pmi.org) is expanding Agile in their upcoming change to the PMBOK® Guide. But there are detractors…
Has DHS, and really almost all of government, gone overboard with agile? Is the government heading down the same contracting rat hole it did with IT services where every agency and their brother and sister had an IT services contract, which cost agencies and vendors hundreds of millions of dollars to bid, protest and run?
The agile contracting craze is here, the last question is will it control agencies or will agencies control it? View the full story… federalnewsradio.com
But, whichever project management system you use, it won’t help if your solar array can’t connect to the grid.