Studies show that many projects either fail outright or fail to meet most of their objectives. There are a myriad of possible reasons why this might be the case. Very often, organizations go looking for a culprit and sometimes blame the project manager or even the very concept of project management itself. Sometimes they decide to “fix” the problem by getting all the project managers certified. Or they decide to standardize on a certain tool. And while certification and standardization are laudable things, they do not necessarily address the central problem or problems. This presentation will discuss the top ten reasons why projects fail and briefly discuss solutions to each problem. We will see how such areas as estimates, scope and “the accidental project manager” contribute to the problem.