A Different Reality.........Much More Cynical......
Quote 1: "...a good understanding of the requirements..."
Quote 2: "...the detail of requirements and complexity start to emerge over time as the programme gets underway..."
Once upon a time, a long time ago (in the 1980's), I worked for a big consulting firm. This firm REFUSED to bid for huge design-to-implementation projects.
The firm won a lot of work by suggesting that the work should be split into two contracts:
(1) A short (i.e. low cost) contract to do the analysis and write the requirements
(2) A second contract to do the design and implementation
In fact, this firm sometimes won contract #1, but even when they did win contract #1, they didn't always win contract #2.
......but at least there was an opportunity to ASSESS the quality of the requirements written at the end of #1!!!
This article seems to imply that thirtysome years later, an obvious lesson has not been learned!!
Why am I not surprised? Huge contracts, billions of pounds (sterling), no opportunity to change course (until 100s of millions have disappeared).....
.....and, of course, plenty of time for politicians and civil servants to retire.....to cushy directorships.....with consultancies!!!!!!!!