Small IT Is Beautiful, Cities Minister Taylor Tells Oz Reptiles
Angus Taylor, Australia’s assistant minister for cities and digital transformation, says the Turnbull Government is determined to use the much criticised Digital Transformation Agency to drive an “agile approach” to IT systems development and to give small and medium business a greater share of Government’s annual $9b IT expenditure.
Recently the agency has undergone a major shift after initial leader Paul Shetler was dumped and the agency rejigged earlier late last year.
Addressing the annual Media Connect forum of IT journalists which opened at the Fairmont resort in the Blue Mountains of NSW yesterday, Taylor said the agency still has “unprecedented” oversight of IT expenditure.
“The DTA has the power to review and oversee projects in a way that has never been done before,” he said.
He said the Government had adopted two key principles. “We are squarely focused on applying an agile methodology in new projects and where we can in existing projects,” the minister said. Indeed, “the success rate for small agile projects is far higher than big waterfall projects,” Taylor claimed.
He said the allocation of an additional 10 percent of the Government’s $9 billion annual IT spend on SMEs would be “probably the biggest investment in innovation in this country’s history.” – Stuart Corner