The Texas Information Technology (IT) Forum

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TX State Capitol Extension Auditorium (E1.004)

TX State Capitol

1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

Austin, TX 78712

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The importance of IT systems in our modern, highly connected, automated and embedded world is clear and present. The strategic goal for the future in Texas is to leverage IT to serve our 21st century citizens in a way that is convenient, efficient, impactful, transformative and economical. But to accomplish that lofty goal we must also continuously improve IT project performances in order to do better with less (or the same). At this event we will discuss what additional actions that we need to undertake in order to demonstrate that Texas is a leader in innovation and IT.

IT development projects have a history of running over schedule and budget. Recent reports estimate that 50-65% of IT projects are “challenged” in meeting expectations for cost, schedule, scope, and/or quality goals. In the extreme, “runaway” and “cancelled” software projects occur too frequently, causing great harm and a waste of valuable resources. A project is considered to be “troubled” and in need of a recovery intervention if, during project execution, it is projected that one or more of the following occurs:

  • Estimated budget, schedule, or scope will not be met (+/- acceptable variances)
  • Overall system quality will not be acceptable
  • Project customers/users will not be satisfied
  • The system would be obsolete by the time it is completed

Research also shows that when organizations take effective actions to recover troubled IT projects, they are highly successful; with 75% of those that underwent a recovery intervention, were in fact recovered. Prevention of a troubled project is the approach with the lowest total cost of ownership.

A starting point to creating a community consensus is by identifying a small set of underlying principles that can unify and enable our strategies and approaches moving into the future. Underlying those principles are a suite of best practices that could be applied within and across Texas state agencies.

Attendees will include state legislative representatives, state agency and public sector CIOs/CTOs/IRMs, members of other key state agency organizations that monitor such projects, industry IT and software development professionals, and other subject matter experts. Continuing education certificates will be available.

The symposium offers an exciting program of events, including keynote talks, presentations, panels, and breakout sessions. The breakout sessions will explore potential solution areas (i.e. IT procurement, early interventions, project management, software development best practices). The event will be complemented by social opportunities, providing further venues for discussion and networking. This promises to be to be a highly enjoyable and stimulating event.

The agenda is described below (all sessions are in E1.004 unless noted otherwise)

9am – 9:30

Welcome, Introductions, Expectation setting. Herb Krasner, UT ARiSE

9:30am-10am, Texas Legislative Perspective

Hon. Giovanni Capriglione, Member, Texas House of Representatives

10am – 10:45am

Lessons Learned from California

Adrian Farley, Senior Advisor, CA State Office of the CIO


Morning Break (E2.1002) - House Members Lounge, sponsored by Deloitte

11:15 – 12:15pm

CIO Panel: Lessons Learned and Future Directions

  • Todd Kimbriel, State CIO, DIR
  • Jay Waldo, CIO CPA
  • Chuck Turner, CIO ERS

12:15 – 1:15pm - Lunch break - On Your Own


Breakout sessions – principles and best practices in:

  1. Project management (E2.026)
  2. Software systems engineering (E2.028)
  3. IT procurement (E2.030)
  4. Effective interventions (E2.036)


  1. Bob Futrell, Don McGrew
  2. Don Shafer, Hari Thummalapalli
  3. Susan Tennison, Hershel Becker
  4. Linda Shafer, Herb Krasner

2:45-3:15 pm - Afternoon Break (E2.1002) - House Members Lounge, sponsored by Cooper Consulting

3:15-4:15 pm

Breakout session result reports (15 min. each)

Leaders from each breakout session present consensus on common problems, best practices and potential inhibitors to wide-spread adoption

4:15 – 5:00pm

Future Directions in IT Procurement Metrics

Bill Curtis, Executive Director, Consortium for IT Software Quality

5:00- 5:45 pm

Closing summary and next steps

Herb Krasner, UT ARiSE

Hon. Giovanni Capriglione, Member, Texas House of Representatives

Adrian Farley, Office of CA State CIO

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1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

Austin, TX 78712

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