The single factor guaranteed to lengthen how long it takes to get things done is the number of teams involved. This multiplies exponentially when those teams are from different organisations or departments. A good rule of thumb for estimating typical project durations in government is to add six months for every department involved. For your first projects, you want to avoid this tangle at all costs. Pick projects with clear institutional boundaries as much as possible, and ideally start work with projects entirely owned by your organisation.
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