Scary Statistics About IT Projects

InfoGraphic-Scary IT Project Statistics It is no secret that IT projects are less than a roaring success most of the time.  However, when you start to look at the numbers around success rates and reasons for overruns it gets scary.  The problems we face are not new.  There have been IT projects documented for over a half century.  There is nothing scary about IT projects on their own; we just need to face the everyday struggles and address them to …

Writing Good Requirements

There is a discernable difference between novice and veteran requirement writers.  The process is more art than science, but it still has some best practices that can be of help to anyone.  Here are some points to consider that can help you make your next requirements document the best one you have written. Outline the Requirements In my experience, this is the most natural step.  Start with a high-level overview of needs for the project.  This helps set the stage for …

Find The Why – Start a Project on the Right Foot

One of the biggest weaknesses I experience when consulting on projects is a lack of why.  When the champion of the project is asked about the purpose of the project, there is an answer.  However, the answer is about a vision, not about solving a problem.  An ill-defined solution can be an issue for a project because having a cool idea is not the same as people needing a fresh idea to solve their problems.  We see this all the …