Escaping waterfall government and the myth of ‘digital transformation’

Writing with my colleague Cassian Young, in a new article in Computer Weekly we consider why an agile approach to digital programmes will not transform Whitehall – unless the waterfall approach to policy and decision-making is overhauled too.

Updating websites will never deliver the new digital business models achieved by the likes of Netflix, Flickr and Airbnb. Radical changes of model – truly transformational thinking, such as replacing a permit with a tax, substituting satellite monitoring for field force inspections or shutting down a service or organisation – are not going to be delivered until government resets its approach.

Read the full article in Computer Weekly.

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