How NCIS Went Badly Wrong

Thanks to a public disclosure request and some helpful folks at SPU’s public information office, I got copies of the monthly reports of Tim Almond, the QA consultant for the troubled NCIS project. NCIS is the new billing and customer-service IT system for Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities that has been under development for the last two and a half years, and is now a year late and $43 million over their original budget.  Almond’s monthly reports paint a harrowing picture of a project that went wrong early, often, and predictably.

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Comprehensive Plan getting comprehensive Council review

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan final draft  has been published by the Mayor’s Office, and is about to go through an extensive review process both as a public process and by the City Council. Yesterday the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee got a high-level overview of the changes in the plan and the process the Council will use to review it.

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