FBI: $170M spent on a failed project

Computerworld News notes that “It’s official: FBI scraps $170M Virtual Case File project. FBI Director Robert Mueller, in testimony yesterday before a House subcommittee, confirmed that the agency has scrapped its $170 million Virtual Case File initiative.”

Another one for the record books, another huge project crashing against the rocks. I do wonder if projects this large have a tendency to fail at a greater rate or if it is “the bigger they are, the harder they fall” that attracts all of the attention. In nearly twenty years of software development, I’ve only been involved in a few projects that were shuttered before they shipped. My experience is anecdotal and statistically insignificant, of course. Has anyone managed to collect a broad study of size vs. success?

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