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Background Summary for the IT Project Failure Issue. Created by: Venkat Sattuluri. Trade Press. The biggest reason for project failure is lack of IT governance The IT initiatives are usually implemented only in the IT departments.

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Trade Press

The biggest reason for project failure is lack of IT governance

The IT initiatives are usually implemented only in the IT departments.

There is a lack of communication between the IT and the non IT departments.

Lack of technology awareness among the top management

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Trade Press
  • CIO magazine cites requirement gathering as the main reason for project failure
  • As many as 71 percent of the software projects fail because of problems with requirement gathering
  • It is the responsibility of the IT department to decode the business requirements
  • Remedial measures
    • stripping down the scope of the project,
    • reducing the number of stakeholders
    • IT has to take a leadership role in the requirement gathering process
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Trade Press

Critical Chain and Risk Management

risk management is the most important factor in the success of a project

that risk management should be the primary activity in a project

Standish group’s CHAOS report first published in 1994

only 16 percent of the IT projects were successful in 1994

vendor consultant whitepapers
Vendor/Consultant Whitepapers
  • Change in Organizations: It’s Management’s Responsibility’
    • Change management is very important in enterprise software deployments
    • They place the median success rate close to the Standish Group’s CHAOS report
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Vendor/Consultant Whitepapers
  • Project Pathology: Causes, patterns and symptoms of project failure’
    • over 20 years experience of looking at failed or failing projects
    • there are a common set of circumstances related to a project failure
    • most important reason for failure of projects is a lack of project management skills
    • time, budget and functionality criteria as internal criteria
    • benefits of the project as the external criteria
academic coursework
Academic Coursework
  • Project Management
    • covered the basic concepts and methodologies in project management
    • concepts from this class are the minimum requirements for a project manager
  • Systems Analysis and Design
    • Business area analysis
    • Context diagram
    • Developing a visual prototype
    • Documenting information flow
    • Documenting process flow
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