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Increase Project Success With This Checklist

In a previous post we looked at some of the reasons why projects fail.  Now it is time to start looking at ways to avoid those common reasons for failure.  Every project starts with a plan.  When the plan is detailed and well thought out it is more likely to lead to a successful project.  Let’s look at some key points a plan should address and a checklist to help ensure your plan addresses them.   Set Expectations The most …

Why Projects Fail – Lack of Common Sense

The failure rate of IT projects is a concern for any new project.  Unfortunately, this is a valid concern when you consider the failure rate is around 25% across all projects.  Small projects are more likely to succeed.  However, one in five is still likely to end in failure. The cost of failure can be substantial.  Although the dollar amount for small projects may be less, the impact to the business can still be crippling.  It is not uncommon for …

Chip and Pin – Why Bother?

If you work in retail or use a credit card, you have come across the latest technology: chip and pin.  In the U.S. this is a newer and less prevalent technology than it is in the rest of the world.  However, that does not diminish its importance. The more technical name for this technology is EMV (a shortened version of the card schemas: Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) but you can find usually find both phrases used in discussions about it.  …