On Forbes.com today, Jes Lipson compares the initial failures of Healthcare.gov — the federal health insurance exchange website — to the all-too common failures of enterprise software development.
These sorts of projects, Lipson argues, are too big to succeed. “Big projects tend to fail, it’s as simple as that. As the scope of a project increases linearly, the complexity of the project increases exponentially.”
Government and enterprises would both do well to take a lesson from the startup playbook: avoid large projects.
Sound like a copout? Read why it’s not in Lipson’s full post, and follow his column at Forbes.com.