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IT Project Failures
Kinds of Failures
• Process-driven: Those related to business
planning, project management and control,
strategic formulation, and the change-
management process.
• Context-driven: Those related to the information
system itself (technology, system design).
• Content-driven: Those related to the
environment in which the project is being
development (culture, structure, management).
Source: “IT Project Failures: What Management Can Learn”
By Jay Liebowitz
Why do IT Projects Fail?
• High degree of customization (context-
driven)
• Changes late in the design stage
(process-driven)
• Underestimating the timeline (process-
driven)
Source: “IT Project Failures: What Management Can Learn”
By Jay Liebowitz
What can Management do?
• High degree of customization (context-driven) –
Management needs to better understand the size of the
project. Function points can help.
• Changes late in the design stage (process-driven) –
Management needs to understand the impact of these
changes. Better IT governance can help.
• Underestimating the timeline (process-driven) –
Management needs to understand the probability of the
estimates that they are getting. Better estimating using
statistical analysis and, yes, a tool can help.
We have a number of services that support this
type of improvement, including Function Point
Analysis, IT Governance, and the Measurement
Roadmap.
Visit www.softwarevalue.com

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IT project failures

  • 2. Kinds of Failures • Process-driven: Those related to business planning, project management and control, strategic formulation, and the change- management process. • Context-driven: Those related to the information system itself (technology, system design). • Content-driven: Those related to the environment in which the project is being development (culture, structure, management). Source: “IT Project Failures: What Management Can Learn” By Jay Liebowitz
  • 3. Why do IT Projects Fail? • High degree of customization (context- driven) • Changes late in the design stage (process-driven) • Underestimating the timeline (process- driven) Source: “IT Project Failures: What Management Can Learn” By Jay Liebowitz
  • 4. What can Management do? • High degree of customization (context-driven) – Management needs to better understand the size of the project. Function points can help. • Changes late in the design stage (process-driven) – Management needs to understand the impact of these changes. Better IT governance can help. • Underestimating the timeline (process-driven) – Management needs to understand the probability of the estimates that they are getting. Better estimating using statistical analysis and, yes, a tool can help.
  • 5. We have a number of services that support this type of improvement, including Function Point Analysis, IT Governance, and the Measurement Roadmap. Visit www.softwarevalue.com