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The myth of why IT projects fail

Consumed => “Two Things CFOs Should Know About IT Project Success and Failure” by David Rosenbaum on CFO.

http://www.cfo.com/blogs/index.cfm/l_detail/14596117

=> My value add (i.e., left a comment)…

I’m not going to argue with the numbers or even the perception. The failure of IT is well documented. The broader question is, where is the context? When a marketing campaign bombs who’s chalking up that L (i.e., loss)? When HR hires the wrong person, where is that thorn in their side? Furthermore, whatever happened to team? Many of these projects are with other business units, are they not? Why isn’t the blame shared? Let’s see the failure breakdown by the department(s) IT was working with.

I’d also like to add that it’s also worth questioning if these projects failed, or the initial milestone setting was what was wrong? It’s one thing to miss a deadline. It’s another for that deadline, budget, etc. to be unreasonable. Just because someone says, “We want it by X and we need it for $Y.ZZ” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right. These things do happen, do they not?

The conclusion here is sound and applicable to all departments. Some needs to grab the bull. That said, the fact is, failure is not exclusive to IT. It’s time to move past the myth.

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