The National ICT Council

The National ICT Council consists of business leaders from both the private and public sector. All members have experience with large scale ICT- or development projects and ICT system portfolios and thus provide solid and competent advice.

The National ICT Council consists of thirteen senior managers, primarily from private, but also semi-public and public IT-intensive organisations. The ICT Council supports the senior management members responsible for large scale government ICT projects and –portfolios with advice, concrete tools and systemic risk assessments of all government ICT projects exceeding DKK 10 million as well as ICT system portfolios exceeding DKK 30 million or including systems critical for society.

Risk assessments

The risk assessment is carried out by a risk assessment-team of experienced IT project managers from private and governmental IT projects in collaboration with a member of the Council.

All projects receive specific recommendations from the Council, and a risk assessment always results in high or normal assessed project risk. High-risk projects are continuously examined and the Council may recommend that an external review should be conducted.

The Council for IT projects may recommend that high-risk projects should be subject to an external review. The Council may also recommend that projects further down the project pipeline should be subject to a review if delayed, become more costly, or face huge challenges in relation to the realisation of gains. After a risk assessment the ICT project must semi-annually report on expectations regarding schedule, project economy and realisation of gains. The Council may decide to monitor an external review closely and will consider the conclusions of the review and make recommendations for subsequent action.

Reviews

Since 2018, the National ICT Council has conducted reviews of central government’s ICT system portfolios. The central government institutions have mapped their ICT systems and created an overview of the challenges within each portfolio. By the end of 2021, all central government institutions will have mapped their system portfolios. This will provide an overview of the governmental ICT systems and the state of these. The overview will form the basis of future initiatives to improve governmental ICT management.

Find more information about the cross-governmental model for portfolio management of ICT System Portfolios

Progress reporting

All risk-assessed IT projects and programmes must submit biannual progress reports to the Council for IT Projects on expectations regarding schedule, project economy and realisation of gains.

Against the background of the progress report submitted, the Council will assign “traffic lights”. IT projects assigned a yellow and red traffic light will be offered another visit from a member of the Council where the senior management member in charge can engage in sparring with the Council member on how to address the current project challenges.

Every six months, the Council will submit an overall progress report including traffic lights to the Danish Government. The overview is subsequently published on the Council’s website to ensure that the state of affairs of governmental IT projects is made available to suppliers, consultants and others taking an interest in the progress of large-scale IT projects.

Where the Council has made a difference

During its first ten years, the National ICT Council has achieved the following:

  • Presented an overview of all ongoing ICT projects in the government sector
  • Introduced the concept of traffic lights with follow-up on yellow and red projects, as well as subsequent action taken by the Danish Government
  • Contributed to closing of unrealizable ICT projects
  • Contributed to the re-scoping or, in other ways, maturing of ICT projects before they were launched
  • Conducted reviews of most government bodies with ICT system portfolios with more than DKK 30 million costs or systems critical for society.
  • Enhanced leadership awareness on ICT management across projects and system portfolios.
  • Supported knowledge sharing on ICT projects across the Danish government sector.