Change is easy, making things better is hard.
Well, I don't suppose much of that comes as any surprise to regular Register readers.
Then I saw the magic word: "McKinsey".
Lee joined the CDDO from management consultancy McKinsey, which last year won a £3m government contract "seeking expert consultancy support to design the cross-departmental approach to tackling core digital, data and technology (DDaT) priorities, developing cross-government business cases and work plans."
But at least Lee knows how to play buzzword bingo:
"Recognising that digital and data is inherently part of how we all do business, we've established a permanent secretary level digital and data board to raise the profile of our agenda across government. We're [also] strengthening our links to communities in the transformation space, in the operation space and beyond," she said.
The conclusion is altogether too familiar to those who have worked in 'the transformation space' or 'the operation space' (or beyond, wherever that may be).
Last summer, an independent report on Organising for Digital Delivery written by the Digital Economy Council, warned of "uncertain quality of technical product delivery" with central government. It added that projects would fail due to a failure to support best practise.
I have to say I disagree with the following phrase on two levels: " we had to conclude that it underestimated how easy it is to achieve change in the real world." "
I think they should have said it underestimated how *difficult* it is to achieve *improvements* in the real world. But then I'm a cynical old git.
Not wishing to offend anyone with my language, but WTF does all that actually mean???