Why Projects Fail

Why Projects Fail

Why Projects Fail

We are all involved at some time in our lives in projects, if not professionally then in our private and community lives. Some projects fail completely and many more disappoint. We frequently hear reports of IT, construction, engineering, and personal projects failing by going over budget, or running late, or failing to meet the client’s expectations; or all three. This book deals with the nine features that almost all failing projects share. In this easy to read book, the author uses his nine laws of project design and control to lead the reader through the traps that that can catch out not only project managers but also the project client and other members of a project community. This book is not a treatise of project management theory but practical guide, based on wide experience and the study of the causes of project failure, aimed at the professional and amateur alike.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author : Tony Martyr
Publisher : Business Expert Press
Release : 2018-05-31
Total Pages : 204 Pages
ISBN : 9781947843912


Why Projects Fail

Why Projects Fail

"Why Projects Fail" offers an informative, entertaining read that is guaranteed to increase your understanding what went wrong with the projects that failed. Was the project well conceived? Was the budgeting adequate? Did it fail because of circumstances that were impossible to anticipate, or were there simply gaps in the planning process? Learn in this informative, interesting read that will help you make sure your next project succeed. "Why Projects Fail" presents a balanced analysis of its subject, alternating stories of major corporate and government projects that failed, along with a breakdown of what went wrong. The illuminating stories come from a variety of industries, with a shocking list of familiar companies and organizations. What makes this book unique is the author's delightfully straightforward account of the specific ways that caused problems. The book is full of charts, graphs and pictures. Project management best practices to increase your success rateSuggestions and recommendations for avoiding common pitfallsCase studies and analysis of failed projects across all industriesLots of numbers, stats and data presented in an easy to digest wayQuotes from outstanding project management and business gurus Do you ever wonder why the projects keep failing without obvious reason? Would you like to learn why projects fail and how to avoid failure? "Why Projects Fail" book explains why some projects fail while the other succeed. The book explores statistics, analyses, case studies and lessons learned from known project failures, along with facts and arguments. It goes over the main causes of failed projects, which can include going over budget, poor planning, lack of communication and other reasons. Do you want to improve chances of your project to succeed? Would like to avoid most common project management pitfalls and causes of project failure? Would you like to avoid devastating results of failed projects: negative career impact, loss of money, time and resources for the company? "Why Projects Fail" is going to give you something that will completely change the way you're running your projects. "Why Projects Fail" will tremendously improve your project management processes and procedures so your project won't fail but succeed. It's crucial to be aware of potential pitfalls before the project starts and recognize when things might be going wrong during project execution so you can get it back on track. "Why Projects Fail": What is covered? Failure rate and main elements of project's failureList of failed project incl. year, company name, cost, outcomeReasons for project's failureFive case studies including NASA, FBI and Government of CanadaProper project management: communication, stakeholder, risk, resourcesHow to prevent project's failure

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Genre : Project management
Author : Uladzislau Shauchenka
Publisher : Uladzislau Shauchenka
Release : 2013-09-12
Total Pages : 114 Pages
ISBN : 0987724207


The Six Why So Many Projects Fail And How To Succeed

The Six Why So Many Projects Fail And How To Succeed

Do you see too many struggling and failed projects and programmes in your organization? The problem: they are being set up to fail. Learn what goes wrong, what not to do and how to succeed Projects do not fail - people fail. They simply fail to set their projects up to succeed. In other words, you better hire the right people - or get lucky! Projects fail because of deep, systemic errors in the way we think about and manage them. Project management is not about filling out templates - it is about people collaborating to win in the market. A project starts with a change idea, and many ways to fail. You must be able to manage the full project value chain to succeed. The challenge for many companies is, that we believe that everyone knows what a project is. That is not true. This is why so many projects fail. In project management, there are six basic elements that people must master - it all starts with the mindset! In this book, you will learn about the six basic elements that is paramount for succeeding with change initiatives, regardless of which framework, methodology or method you apply. Apply the SIX to succeed in winning with our projects! This unusual and highly captivating book starts with the author failing enormously with a change initiative (project & programme). This book is about the author's journey to investigate exactly why so many change initiatives fail, and how you can become a master craftsman in change initiative management. A change initiative starts with a change idea that is created within an organization when an issue, threat, or opportunity is identified. To implement a change idea, the organization must start a change initiative. A successful change initiative ensures that business continues and improves, the employees are happier, there is ideal use of funds and resources, and the customers are more satisfied. Unfortunately, a fair majority of them fail to deliver optimal results and many of them fail outright. This book encapsulates how people and organizations can become better at implementing their change ideas. The difference between a failed change initiative and one that meets its desired objectives can be described by six fundamental, universal and tightly interwoven elements as explained by The SIX(c) model. Here is a preview of this invaluable book, and what else you will discover: ● Understanding change initiatives and what drives them to succeed or fail ● What is the change initiatives value chain and how it fits into the larger picture ● Where do the systemic errors lay and how to better craft a plan of action ● The Mindset, attitude, skills and leadership abilities needed to deliver successful change initiatives ..... And much more! As a key bonus, you will get exclusive access to chapters on why change management initiatives fail and how you should pursue a successful maturity journey. As someone who has extensively delved into project and programme management, the author understands your specific concerns and has made the contents of this book as concise and simple to follow as possible for your convenience. It is a must-read for all who work in an organization. Whether you are the CEO, a change initiative leader or manager within your organization, you need to read and understand this book

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Author : Andreas Trautner
Publisher :
Release : 2020-09-15
Total Pages : 190 Pages
ISBN : 8797249009


Project Management Communications Bible

Project Management Communications Bible

The authoritative reference on one of the most important aspects of managing projects--project communications With shorter production cycles and the demand for projects being faster, cheaper, and better, the need for project communications tools has increased. Written with the project manager, stakeholder, and project team in mind, this resource provides the best practices, tips, tricks, and tools for successful project communications and planning. The featured charts, graphs, and tables are all ready for immediate use. Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author : William Dow
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2010-06-11
Total Pages : 855 Pages
ISBN : 9780470437629


Software Projects Secrets

Software Projects Secrets

Software Project Secrets: Why Software Projects Fail offers a new path to success in the software industry. This book reaches out to managers, developers, and customers who use industry-standard methodologies, but whose projects still struggle to succeed. Author George Stepanek analyzes the project management methodology itself, a critical factor that has thus far been overlooked. He explains why it creates problems for software development projects and begins by describing 12 ways in which software projects are different from other kinds of projects. He also analyzes the project management body of knowledge to discover 10 hidden assumptions that are invalid in the context of software projects.

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Genre : Computers
Author : George Stepanek
Publisher : Apress
Release : 2012-11-29
Total Pages : 173 Pages
ISBN : 9781430251026


The Misery Of It Projects Why It Projects Fail

The Misery Of It Projects Why It Projects Fail

Bachelor Thesis from the year 2007 in the subject Computer Science - Commercial Information Technology, grade: 1,7, , language: English, abstract: This dissertation studies possible reasons for information technology (IT) project failure or success. In general, projects have a defined goal with clear boundaries and defined resources. They are limited in time, highly complex and run by a specific organisation. In particular, software projects are characterised by complexity, simple modifications, abstraction, technology changes, incomplete requirements and undefined practices. In addition, the environment plays an important role. The key players consist of: senior management, project sponsor, project manager, project team and users. To successfully run projects, a formal methodology is fundamental. Project management involves initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing. The Standish Group has proved that IT project failure is common. The Chaos Report publishes facts on failure every two years. In 2004, 18% of projects in the U.S. failed, 53% were challenged and 29% were successful. The reasons for project failure are related to incomplete requirements, lack of user involvement, lack of resources, unrealistic expectations, lack of executive support, changing requirements and specifications, lack of planning and lack of IT management. These factors were also crucial for the failure of the FBI’s Trilogy project. This project consisted of upgrading the FBI’s hardware and software, their communications network and five most important investigative applications. The Trilogy project was 15 months over schedule, $201.3 million over budget and has never been finished. Other success factors however include user involvement, executive management support, experienced project manager, clear business objectives, minimised scope, clear requirements, standard software infrastructure, formal methodology, reliable estimates and skilled staff. For the successful implementation of Mentec’s AGRESSO Financial Management System in Irish Local Government these issues were extremely relevant. The new system could be distributed to 72 local authorities on plan and within budget. This dissertation theorises a successful IT project process. Whereas formalised project management practices cannot guarantee an effective project, they only provide for better opportunities to reach the goal.

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Genre : Computers
Author : Anja Adamik
Publisher : GRIN Verlag
Release : 2019-11-18
Total Pages : 84 Pages
ISBN : 9783346066435


Applied Software Project Management

Applied Software Project Management

"If you're looking for solid, easy-to-follow advice on estimation, requirements gathering, managing change, and more, you can stop now: this is the book for you."--Scott Berkun, Author of The Art of Project Management What makes software projects succeed? It takes more than a good idea and a team of talented programmers. A project manager needs to know how to guide the team through the entire software project. There are common pitfalls that plague all software projects and rookie mistakes that are made repeatedly--sometimes by the same people! Avoiding these pitfalls is not hard, but it is not necessarily intuitive. Luckily, there are tried and true techniques that can help any project manager. In Applied Software Project Management, Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene provide you with tools, techniques, and practices that you can use on your own projects right away. This book supplies you with the information you need to diagnose your team's situation and presents practical advice to help you achieve your goal of building better software. Topics include: Planning a software project Helping a team estimate its workload Building a schedule Gathering software requirements and creating use cases Improving programming with refactoring, unit testing, and version control Managing an outsourced project Testing software Jennifer Greene and Andrew Stellman have been building software together since 1998. Andrew comes from a programming background and has managed teams of requirements analysts, designers, and developers. Jennifer has a testing background and has managed teams of architects, developers, and testers. She has led multiple large-scale outsourced projects. Between the two of them, they have managed every aspect of software development. They have worked in a wide range of industries, including finance, telecommunications, media, nonprofit, entertainment, natural-language processing, science, and academia. For more information about them and this book, visit stellman-greene.com

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Genre : Computers
Author : Andrew Stellman
Publisher : "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
Release : 2005-11-18
Total Pages : 324 Pages
ISBN : 9780596553821


Why Projects Fail And How To Succeed

Why Projects Fail And How To Succeed

Douglas Fain and Mark Hunt have a combined consulting experience in the field of project management of over 50 years working for four national governments and numerous corporations and government agencies. They have consulted on over $35 Billion in major projects in over 40 countries and have taught project management in graduate programs at Stevens Institute of Technology, Denver University, and Regis University as well as corporate settings in aerospace, telecommunications, manufacturing, and others. That experience facilitated the management of large, complex projects that were in the initiation stage or facing serious performance problems. They both agree that business can no longer afford the personal and financial costs of failed projects. Neither can organizations or their project teams afford the reputation for failure that so permeates the industry today. The opportunity costs of such failures is just too great for a society that has growing needs for its citizens. This book represents their findings regarding why projects tend to fail, and as true consultants, they have also included a clear and concise set of instructions of how to avoid those failures, how to do it right the first time. This book is mandatory reading for anyone working in the field of project management, especially project managers who struggle with the responsibility for the success of their projects.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author : Mark Anthony Hunt
Publisher : Independent Publisher
Release : 2019-01-25
Total Pages : 172 Pages
ISBN : 1792302215


International Project Management

International Project Management

The theory, practice, and example projects of international project management A Singaporean corporation builds a manufacturing facility in Cambodia, with a Chinese partner, a Cambodian government agency, and value chain organizations in Germany, Morocco, Vietnam, and Brazil. A Russian charity operates in the Balkans and the Persian Gulf. Pharmaceuticals and food come from ten different countries, physicians are from the EU and Russia, and donations are from Central Asia and the subcontinent. A transnational organization markets through divisions in eighty-two countries. The products are designed in Italy, Sweden, and France, with customization done in each respective country. International projects involve a complex network of cultures, politics, laws, languages, and resources that goes beyond the traditional training and experience of most project managers. International Project Management examines the different dimensions and responsibilities of international projects, and outlines what a project manager must know to lead global projects successfully. It also provides guidelines and examples for the international project management processes. This book explores the professional best practices of international projects, emphasizing the importance of leadership skills and virtual teamwork to successfully navigate an international project. Along with discussions on the process groups, such as initiating, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, and closing out, this reference is organized according to these knowledge areas: Introduction to international project management Integration management HR management (Diversity & Communications) Scope management Cost and progress management Risk management Time management Customer satisfaction (Quality) Procurement management CPE in the future Integrating the PMBOK® Guide—Fourth Edition, and the ICB, International Project Management provides international project managers, whether experienced or beginners, with the high cross-cultural intelligence, creative communication skills, ability to establish and maintain dependable project management processes, and compelling curiosity to manage international projects successfully. (PMBOK is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)

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Genre : Technology & Engineering
Author : Thomas W. Grisham
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2011-11-29
Total Pages : 416 Pages
ISBN : 9781118276525


Food Security For Rural Africa

Food Security For Rural Africa

At least fifty years of projects aimed at the rural poor in Africa have had very little impact. Up to half of the children of these countries are still suffering from stunting and malnutrition. Soil degradation and poor crop yields are ubiquitous. Projects are almost always aimed at helping local people to solve their problems by growing for the market. In some countries, projects link poor villagers into cooperatives to produce a commercial output. In other countries, projects target more competent entrepreneurial villagers. Almost all these projects fail after several years. Even those that are successful make few inroads into the problems. While the slogan 'feeding the farmers first' comes from the Philippines, it is particularly applicable to much of Africa, where household food security can come from household production. This book explains how projects can be designed that increase food security through subsistence production. Focusing on particular people and projects, it gives a sociological analysis of why this is so difficult to manage. This book challenges the models promoted by academics in the field of development studies and argues against the strategies adopted by most donor organizations and government bodies.It explains why commercial projects have been so ubiquitous even though they rarely work. It gives practical tips on how to set up villages and farms to achieve sustainable solutions that also provide plenty of nutritious food. The book is written to be accessible and engaging. For anyone planning to work in the rural areas of Africa, this book is required reading.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Terry Leahy
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2018-08-22
Total Pages : 234 Pages
ISBN : 9781351134132