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More on “Failure”

CIO Magazine has an article on the Chaos survey results in which they identify that many of the “failed” projects have been cancelled because of recession-related factors (funding removed, staff gone etc).  It says “Johnson [Standish Group chairman] estimates that 20 to 25 percent of the failures during the past two years were caused by the economy forcing project cancellations”

The trend is actually for better results in the “challenged” projects: “When we look at challenged projects, we’re seeing fewer overruns, and the waste to value ratio didn’t look too bad even given all the cancellations”.  Cost and time overruns are actually less than in previous surveys. 

The full article is here:

Posted by Shane Hastie

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Posted by on July 1, 2009 in Agile, Project Management


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Software Project Success Going Downhill!

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

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


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