The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 26, 2013
Column Extra: How pigs flew in Ohio

Our State Worker column in today's Bee looks at a high-profile Ohio state government technology project that -- gasp! -- launched on time and essentially within budget.

Officials with the Ohio Department of Public Safety looked high and low for documented models of successful government technology projects and found virtually nothing to inspire them when they started the project in 2007. When they finished their work in 2012, they wrote a brief look back at the experience.

The flying pig reference in the paper's title comes from the comment by a discouraged project team member who "believed the task to be so overwhelming and impossible that 'pigs would fly' before this project was completed," the report said.

Later, as the group notched incremental wins and gained competency and confidence, the flying pig became a mascot and a symbol of pride.

Exodus Case Study - Ohio Department of Public Safety August 2012

With just 400 to 450 words for our weekly State Worker column, much of what we learn each week never sees print. Column Extras give you some of the notes, the quotes, the documents and the observations that inform what's published.

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