Precise, actionable suggestions and information to improve the success rate of IT projects.
Abstract: The current success rate of IT projects, from a business perspective, is an abysmal 25%. This paper contains the collected wisdom of over seventy senior IT executives and CIOs regarding the most effective ways to avoid pitfalls and ensure that your project succeeds.
There is a noticeable difference between the 75% to 90+% success rate claimed by IT managers for their own projects, and reports from industry observers that less than half are successful.
Purpose: The goal of this white paper is to improve the success rates of IT projects and, hopefully, prevent another disaster on the level of Healthcare.gov. It is based on the collated contributions from over a hundred senior IT executives to the thread “How to ensure the success of IT projects” in the CIO Forum and my own experiences. To achieve this objective, the paper has to offer precise, actionable suggestions with guidance as to how and why they should be applied. But, first let’s clarify exactly what we mean by "IT success."