Laboratory worker at the research laboratory at the C & NW RR's 40th Street yard, examining paint samples used on freight cars and coaches of the railroad, Chicago, Ill. (LOC). By Delano, Jack.

Why Information Technology & Software Projects Fail, part 2

E. Forrest Christian Project Management Leave a Comment

I wanted to make an addendum to Why IT Projects Fail, part 1, which contains the bulk. Here are a few more reasons for further development.

  1. Risk management is not part of our vocabulary. We want people who are optimistic, not trying to find reasons why something will fail.
  2. IT does not understand that the change that they are introducing is very disruptive. Of course, neither does management. IT projects normally have a great affect on the way that business gets done. People’s jobs are threatened. They have gotten used to a certain way of doing business.
  3. Changes to the IT infrastructure are treated more like changes to a business’s plumbing rather than a reworking of how things get done.

Image Credit: Laboratory worker at the research laboratory at the C & NW RR’s 40th Street yard, examining paint samples used on freight cars and coaches of the railroad, Chicago, Ill.. Photography by Jack Delano, 1942. Via Library of Congress Collection at Flickr.

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E. Forrest Christian is a consultant, coach, author, trainer and speaker at The Manasclerk Company who helps managers and experts find insight and solutions to what seem like insolvable problems. Cited for his "unique ability and insight" by his clients, Forrest has worked with people from almost every background, from artists to programmers to executives to global consultants. Forrest lives and works plain view of North Carolina's Mount Baker.  [contact]

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