There is no Silver Bullet
The truth of "IT-projects" is painful. Reports over many years suggest success at around one project in six. Very few are PRojects IN Controlled Environments. Business and IT departments rarely share a common view of the world. IT techies seem to spend much time telling the business what cannot be done rather than what can. And when it can be done, the timescale and/or price is rarely right. IT solutions consistently over-promise and under-deliver.
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  • What are the reasons?
  • Why have lessons not been learned?
  • What can be done about it?
If you're uneasy about a project, but cannot explain (perhaps even to yourself) why, this is undoubtedly the time to act positively.
Plans and reality increasingly at odds with each other?
A Standish Report records a 55% success rate for projects of less than 6 months duration whilst another reports 50%; and after 9 months' duration another [1] observed no successful projects! Yet most software development projects have a duration longer than 9 months. And software application planning has never been as easy to use. So what's going wrong? 10 top tips to avoid...