Software Developments Projects Bureaucratic Government Environment

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This paper looks at software developments projects in bureaucratic government environment. It will focus mainly on the FBI Sentinel project and its development. It will look at the failures that the project has faced, the size of teams, the project management, and the financials of the project. Lastly, it will take a look at what factors lead to the success of the project.
April 1995, a truck-bomb explosion outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, left 168 people dead and hundreds more injured. During the week’s trial FBI reported that it had not disclosed all of the available evidence to the defense attorney because they forgot or lost it. This was due to FBI using old/complex technology to record and manually share evidence. In order to improve the sharing of evidence and avoid such an epic failure again, in 2000 FBI started a project call virtual case file.
What is VCF Project?
Virtual Case File (VCF) was a software application developed by United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that was supposed to “automate the paper-based work environment, allowing agents and intelligence analysts to share vital investigative information, and replace the obsolete Automated Case Support (ACS) system” [1]. This was going to be a massive budget project of three hundred and seventy nine million dollars. There were three attempts to complete the project, which will be discussed shortly. The first two attempts were done…
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