Failure to deliver real business benefits

by Lee Porter 24. June 2009 15:54

Failure to deliver real business benefit is the ultimate failure of any project. In many instances this is the ‘symptom’ and the underlying cause is due to one or more of the other common causes.

At the Beginning During the Project At the End
•Lack of alignment to business strategy •Solution fails to maintain alignment to a moving business strategy •BAU fails to measure and manage ongoing benefits realisation
•Project undertaken for ‘wrong reasons’ ie pet projects •Project doesn’t measure and manage benefits realisation •Business failure to further invest in order to maintain strategy alignment / business needs
•Business Case not defined    

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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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