The Big Problem and Dirty Little Secret with IT Projects is What We Never Say

I came across a WSJ article a couple of weeks ago that’s haunted me since I read it. It was a piece about the shift in company attitudes from “grow at all costs” to “we’ve got to get operationally efficient.” The authors report that the primary driver behind this shift—which came as no surprise—is the […]

The Elephant in the IT Conference Room

We’re not very good at it. In fact, playing Russian Roulette with five bullets in the gun (five out of six) actually has better odds of success than running a large IT project.
Almost everyone in the industry has, at least some inkling, that this problem exists. But as with death, and such other unpleasantries, we don’t like to talk about it too much. It makes us uncomfortable.

The Costs and Primary Cause of Enterprise IT Project Failures

Having initiated a discussion during my last post about the frequency of enterprise IT project failures, it’s time to address two other parameters of this issue. I’ll start by looking at the annual cost of these failures and conclude today with an introduction to their primary point of origin.