Scott Calderwood Internet, Information & Business Assignment #1 9/15/08 In the case of the IRS I am sure that there were slight or large problems in all of the five components. There were and still are areas that could have been fixed in the software, hardware, data, and procedure areas. However, I believe that the largest problem was the people that were in charge of the BSM. There was such a large amount of time and money wasted that I don’t see how it could be any of the other four components faults. The people were the ones in charge of mapping out how the BMS project would be designed and implemented. They clearly ran into problems that they did not expect in the other components, like the software or data, but it was still up to them to map out how much time and money it would take to make the Business System Modernization project. The people in charge of the project clearly dropped the ball when they decided to plan out that project. The project continued to creep, making the final project bigger and bigger. Which in turn pushed the finish point of the project further back. Not only that, but the groups of people involved in making this project like the BSM organization, the Information Technology Services, and the prime contractor did not make a working environment that could handle the problems that arose. All parties made a very inefficient working environment and blamed another party when a problem arose. So even though I believe there were problems that could have been fixed in all the five components, I think that the people component failed the most. There inefficient use of time, and failure to plan ahead for unseen problems led to the disastrous results.