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The Failure Of The FBI’s Virtual Case File Project _ Strategic PPM

The Failure Of The FBI’s Virtual Case File Project _ Strategic PPM

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1/25/12 The Failure Of The FBI’s Virtual Case File Project | Strategic PPM 1/3 strategicppm.wordpress.com/2010/04/05/the-fbis-virtual-case-file-project-and-project-failure/ Strategic PPM Project and Portfolio Management The Failure Of The FBI’s Virtual Case File Project Posted on April 5, 2010 by strategicppm | 2 Comments Between 2001 and 2005, the FBI’s Virtual Case File project failed. The Virtual Case File project was part of a larger initiative called Trilogy. Costs overran by 89% or just over $200M. A project that should have taken 3 years, failed after 4 years with requirements still not met. In some ways this project is similar to the London Stock Exchange’s Taurus Project , where scope creep lead to the project (at least as initially envisioned) being cancelled after massive cost overruns. This analysis draws on a very detailed report from the Office of the Inspector General, but here we focus explicitly on the project management failings. The FBI’s Trilogy project contained three parts: 1. Upgrading software and hardware for FBI agents 2. Upgrading the FBI’s communications network 3. Significantly upgrading the FBI’s case management system (Virtual Case File) to enable better access to, and sharing of, case-related information across the FBI The first two elements of the project were completed, not perfectly or all that impressively, but roughly as planned. However, the Virtual Case File project experienced major cost and schedule overruns and
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