The Dyson Electric Car

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” – a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Organization: Dyson Ltd – UK Project type : Development of an electric car  Project name : The Dyson Date : Oct 2019 Cost : £500M Synopsis : The future of transportation is here to see and it is of course electric! As a result, the development of electric cars has been a growth area for the past ten years and the pace of change continues to grow. That...
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Great Western Mainline Electrification

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” – a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Organization: Network Rail – UK Project type : Rail infrastructure upgrade Project name : Great Western Mainline electrification project Date : Jan 2020 Cost : £2B cost overrun, plus reduced scope Synopsis : The electrification of the world's transportation infrastructure is a growing focus in many countries. Electrification allows the energy intensive i...
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Police Scotland

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” – a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Organization: Scottish Police Authority – UK Project type : Policing information management system Project name : i6 Date : Mar 2017 Cost : £200m lost opportunity Synopsis : While I often write about the direct impacts failed projects have on an organization it is also worth remember that each failed project is an investment that failed to yield its inte...
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Iowa Caucus

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” – a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Democratic Party of Iowa – USA Project type : Election vote tally system Date : Feb 2020 Cost : A major embarrassment Synopsis : Looking for a way to embarrass yourself on election night - There's an app for that! With the world watching, the first tentative steps towards America's November 2020 Presidential election were taken in the school hall...
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London City – Garden Bridge

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” – a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Garden Bridge Trust – UK Project type : Bridge design & construction Date : Apr 2017 Cost : £53M (including £43M of public funds) Synopsis : New York has its 'High Line', Seoul has its 'Sky Garden', Paris has its 'Promenade Plantée' and London nearly had it's 'Garden Bridge'. Elevated, elongated city parks are a draw for both tourists and locals alike...
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UK Government – The Poll Tax

Following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed or troubled projects from around the word. British Government - Prime Minister's Office Project : The Community Charge (the Poll Tax) Project type: Changes to the taxation system Date : Mar 1990 Cost : Unknown Synopsis : With politics likely to be a big part of the 2020 story, I thought I'd touch on how projects are sometimes the demise of politicians (even the highest and mightiest). As a case in poi...
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Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” – a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Organization: Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG - Germany Project name : eLWIS (apparently pronounced “Elvis” in German) Project type : Merchandise management system - Grocery stores Date : Aug 2018 Cost : €500m Synopsis : When it comes to selling the basic commodities of life you have to be lean and efficient. The grocery industry runs on thin margins and reli...
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Customs and Border Protection

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” – a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Department of Homeland Security – USA Project type : Staff recruitment Date : Apr 2019 Cost : $23M to hire 22 new staff Synopsis : In 2016, as part of the USA's renewed focus on border security, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was charged with increasing the number of border agents who secure the nation's points of entry. The goal was to ...
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Texas Child Support Enforcement System 2.0

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” – a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. State of Texas – USA Project name: T2 - Texas Child Support Enforcement System 2.0 Project type: Government policy implementation using IT Date: Apr 2019 Cost   $367.5 million Synopsis: At times failed projects do throw up some great quotes. Rep. Giovanni Capriglione of the Texas state senate has contributed to that legacy with this week’s quip about t...
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Boeing 737-MAX

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” – a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Organization : Boeing Commercial Airplanes Project name : 737-MAX Project type : Commercial aircraft design Date : Apr 2019 Cost : 346 lives lost Synopsis : Designing and building today's commercial aircraft must be among the most complex projects in the modern age. The two leading players in the industry are America's Boeing Commercial Airplanes a...
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