Who Killed The Virtual Case File

1260 WordsOct 16, 20156 Pages
Introduction: In the case study “Who Killed the Virtual Case File”, the author, Harry Goldstein divulges the downfall that the FBI had when they tried to implement a custom build case-management software that they were never able to use. The FBI was using many different systems and were trying to create a system that would combine all current programs/systems together to easy accessibility for all agencies in the US. Goldstein interviewed many key players within the process to gain their points of view as to why the project failed. Our team has comprised a top five risks analysis as to why the project failed in the order of importance. These are: 1. Scope clarity 2. Flawed Requirements definition 3. No milestones, checkpoints, or interim deliverables 4. Poor Leadership 5. Cost Below we will address each risk as well as explain why we think each risk is important to consider when implementing a project. Scope Clarity: This is the area that the FBI failed to convey to all involved from the beginning of the project. There was a rush to get the project completed, which caused the scope to not be clearly defined. The FBI wanted to “provide agents with this software as fast as possible. In Depew’s view that meant, “shooting from the hip”” (Goldstein, 2005). We ranked scope clarity as the number one risk because without a clear understanding or plan for implementation of a project you end up blindly making decisions without understanding the impact on the project. A

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