Software Project Success Going Downhill!

30 Jun

I don’t know about you, but I am sceptical about the methodology used by Standish Group to produce the Chaos Reports.  That said, the report content since 1994 has tended to support my subjective observations of the state of software production:  I did think we were improving and I do think we are now getting worse.

 Is it just me that is unsurprised by the latest update to the report that shows we are going backwards?

 I think an agile approach (with a small a please) is a good thing.  Wholesale adoption of Agile (note the big a) by organisations that have little understanding of the skill and discipline required to make it work is surely a bad thing.  I wonder if inappropriate use of Agile is what is taking us backwards.

 What do you think?

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Posted by John Watson

1 Comment

Posted by on June 30, 2009 in Agile, Project Management


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One response to “Software Project Success Going Downhill!

  1. Sharon Robson

    July 7, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Hi John,
    This is interesting, and I think that it relates also to the discussion on failure…what is a failure? You discuss the wholesale application of agile….and I think you have hit the nail on the head! Wholesale adoption of any process means that there will be failure! Not all projects are the same, not all teams are the same, not all organisations have the same needs and wants. Applying a single “methodology” across the board is never going to work.


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