Ensuring Project Success

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How many of you have ever been involved with an IT project that didn’t meet its objectives? I’m not conducting a poll here—this question is more rhetorical. Still, if I were soliciting responses for a formal survey, I’m guessing the numbers would be pretty high. Consider: A study conducted this year by Info-Tech Research Group involving more than 1,400 companies in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom showed that 95 percent of IT departments in mid-sized businesses delivered projects that were past deadline, didn’t work or failed to satisfy the mucky mucks that dreamed them up.

 

Of course, this isn’t a knock on anyone’s knowledge or skills. Chances are that in most cases, the problem wasn’t a lack of technical proficiency. Projects fail for many different reasons, some of which might seem surprisingly minor or marginal, but most of which come down to the issues that arise when several different people come together in often demanding and occasionally difficult circumstances. In this month’s Project Management feature, CertMag.com contributor David Garrett offers his unique (and entertaining) perspective on the causes and effects of project obstacles. Read it here.

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