Gartner's Top 10 Tech Trends Through 2015
Friday, January 6, 2012
IT Project Success Criteria
Sessions’ Law of Size IT
- Projects less than $1M will probably succeed, regardless of how poorly managed they are.
- IT Projects between $1M and $10M can succeed, if they are very carefully managed.
- IT Projects over $10M will probably not succeed, regardless of how well managed they are.
How to Spot a Failing Project
Often, the difference between success and failure is spotting critical early warning signs that a project is in trouble. Here are a few ways to identify the symptoms.
Tue, July 17, 2007
While the Chaos surveys give reason for optimism, they leave little room for complacency. Nearly one in five IT projects still fails absolutely and more than two in five are partial failures.
What is perhaps more troubling is that the bigger the project, the worse the problems. "Seventy-three percent of projects with labor cost of less than $750,000 succeed," Jim Johnson says. "But only 3 percent of projects a with labor cost of over $10 million succeed. I would venture to say the 3 percent that succeed succeeded because they overestimated their budget, not because they were managed properly."
and this reminds you of what among the warning signs?
A "No-Bad-News" Environment
"This is a really tricky cultural thing," says Raj Kapur, executive vice president of the Center for Project Management, a software project management consultancy and education firm in San Ramon, Calif. "Everyone is allergic to bad news." As a result, it's all too easy to develop a culture where bad news is slow to percolate upward—which deprives management of vital, if unpleasant, information.
"You have to provide an environment where bad news is accepted," says Kapur. "That's critical, and it's not the job of the team members. It's the job of the leader." And by extension, the CIO.”
None of this is all that new - but it does seem to have been rather forgotten by DoHA and NEHTA. The senior managers just should have known better and been more realistic about how they went about things. They were not and so here we all are!