Why do projects fail?

by Lee Porter 24. June 2009 11:09

Many projects fail, the causes can be narrowed down to a small number of common factors…

  1. They fail to deliver real business benefits > more
  2. The stakeholders are not defined and aligned > more
  3. The scope is not clearly defined and controlled > more
  4. The solution requirements / specification is not clear / sufficiently defined > more
  5. They are too complex > more
  6. Inadequate and / or inconsistent controls are adopted to manage them > more
  7. The solution design isn’t ‘fit for purpose’ > more
  8. The capability of the project team is inadequate > more
  9. Inadequate funding to deliver the defined scope > more
  10. Poor business implementation of the solution > more

Project Communication is Everything!

by Lee Porter 17. June 2009 12:26

 

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Delay in blogging

by Nick 22. May 2009 10:44

Dear All,

I could just be writing this to myself, so what the heck, I will give it a go.  Why the delay, well I have been heads down into some other work and really not had the time.  But I have paused for a few moments to start, so I will.

Why do we build these systems?  Well the main reason is that during my wanderings across the UK and abroad as a consultant, I have found that lots of 'big' projects get all the attention whilst there are 100's, if not 1000's of smaller 'projects' (bits of work that need to be done) that seem to go languishing in the mire of massive systems (if they have any at all) that are just overkill to manage and report on a small amount of work.

Sometime the licences for the big systems are just not available to smaller projects, the people doing the work are not 'planners' (that is a whole story in its self that I will work on one day), BUT the management need to know from a readily available centralised systems - what is being done (even just a title sometime suffices), who is doing it (aka who has their butt on the line), when is it going to be finished (they can do something else then), any problems (what is holding it up) and what progress is being made (not always a linear approach like MSP). In order to provide this information, I have repeatedly created almost the same system for many other companies, but now we have created something that we will soon be selling as a web based application that will mean we can use our knowlege gained at big corporate companies, to help smaller companies leverage that information without the big bills.

Anyway, this is a start; I will try to carry it on in a while, but happily am on holiday next week with probably no mobile phone cover and definitely no internet access.

Regards Nick

Integrated Project Systems Blog

by Nick 7. May 2009 10:45
Nick Lovelock

Hello, I'm Nick Lovelock. I'm Managing Director at IPS Ltd.

It has been decided for me that I should write an occasional blog about topical issues related to Project Management, the challenges faced by Project teams (with some solutions!) and about whatever else springs to mind. I hope to present an interesting (sometimes controversial) point of view.

I'll try to answer any questions in an honest and open manner, and I encourage you to post frank comments and to engage in polite debate.

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