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.
- Risk management is not part of our vocabulary. We want people who are optimistic, not trying to find reasons why something will fail.
- 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.
- 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.