Trying to understand success and scale of IT projects

Currently waiting for a response from Ministry of Defence, they should respond promptly and normally no later than (details).

Dear Ministry of Defence,

1. What was the total budget for IT spend for 2019?

2. What proportion of the IT spend for 2019 was for software/digital projects?

3. How many software/digital projects were started in 2019?

4. How many of the software/digital projects started in 2019 were due to be put into live running (i.e. complete) in 2019? Where projects had multiple phases, I'm only interested in those phases that were due in 2019.

5. If any of the projects in question 4 ran over budget, by how much did they run over?

6. If any of the projects in question 4 were not delivered on the date originally planned, by how much did they run over? By originally planned, I mean the due date when the project was launched; if a project was rescoped and the due date changed, treat the project as running over from the original date.

7. If any of the projects in question 4 were cancelled, how many was that and what was the budget for those projects in total?

8. What proportion of your software/digital project teams track defects found? (It is enough to give an approximation, e.g. more than 80%)

9. For the projects that track defects:

a. How many defects were found?
b. How many of these were during design/development?
c. How many of these were found after development (i.e. after the project went live)?
d. Is there a correlation between the original project budget, due date, defects found in development, defects in live, project type (internal, public-facing) and budget or time overruns? (It is okay to send me just the raw data - project, budget, due date, defects, overruns and I will do the analysis)

Yours faithfully,

Ranbir Sahota

correspondence@mod.ecase.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of Information Systems and Services Secretariat,

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Dear Ranbir Sahota

Please find attached our response to your recent enquiry.

Regards

Defence Digital Secretariat

Dear [email address] on behalf of Information Systems and Services Secretariat,

Here are the answers to your questions:

1. What was the total budget for IT spend for 2019?
Please can you advise what you are classifying as IT spend as this term is quite broad and can
cover a whole range of areas within MOD, are you interested in personnel costs associated with IT
spend or just costs spent on products and services.
IT Project spend - resource cost (for all IT disciplines), if possible the percentage of this cost spent on testing, also spend on tools licences (again test based as an estimated percentage would be appreciated)

Defence Digital are responsible for providing IT to defence, are you interested in this organisation’s
spend on its own or specifically IT spend across Defence? The former is most important, both would be great.
3. How many software/digital projects were started in 2019?
Please can you advise whether you wish us to provide information for calendar year or financial year? Again both would be great but calendar year would be fine.
8. What proportion of your software/digital project teams track defects found? (It is enough to give
an approximation, e.g. more than 80%)
Please can you advise what you mean by ‘track defects found’. Please let us rephrase this question – what is the estimated average (i.e. across multiple projects) percentage of defects located by standard test phases - we see standard test phases as Unit Test (development), System Test, System Integration Test and UAT – we fully understand that this will be a rough estimate as individual projects will vary.

Yours sincerely,

Ranbir Sahota