The Westminster government publishes a report exposing how government is ripped off by IT suppliers. The report isn’t too long and is worth a read.
One perceived failing identified is over-specifying projects leading to lack of innovative solutions. This can be true – the report touches on the belief among many SMEs that there is a culture of “get it done” rather than “get it right”.
Point taken, however I’m not so sure this is quite the attitude in the local government scene where things have been changing significantly and there is a greater understanding that having local and inhouse IT expertise allows innovation while making sure supplier solutions are evaluated in terms of long-term costs and implications. Allowing suppliers to innovate without proper scrutiny would open up the possibility that inappropriate and costly solutions could be implemented: feature-creep (and module-creep and licence-cost-creep) could be more likely.
Also advocated is Agile development methods (I think this is more of a cultural thing than a methodology); open standards; open data; and personal data ownership.