Most of the project failures described in this blog are BIG: huge projects, global system integrators, and so on. This case study shows that even the smallest companies are not immune to software stupidity, with negative impact on customers.
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Hugger-Mugger Yoga Products is a $5 million supplier of yoga-related products such as clothes, yoga mats, and so on. After struggling with a variety of individual software products that did not integrate well, the company decided to implement open source ERP package Compiere.
In the ERP and More blog, Chris Shaul describes “7 Ways to Fail in an ERP Selection.” Here is his list:1.
The following items are taken from an article in Baseline Magazine:70% TO 85% OF ALL PROJECT REWORK COSTS are due to errors in requirements, says a 1997 article in American Programmer.30% TO 50% OF THE TOTAL EFFORT EXPENDED on a software project comes from rework, according to an estimate by Borland Software.
Kevin Brady poses the title question on his interesting blog. He makes the following argument:I pointed out during a challenging exchange that the only reason why the building and engineering industries had 95% + project success rates is because of strong regulation /legislation backed up by local government inspection and enforced professionalism i.
Three years and $18 million later, the city of Philadelphia has temporarily stopped work on Project Ocean, “the most complex and biggest IT system in [Philadelphia’s] government.” The project was slated to be completed in one year, at a cost of $7 million.
David Jacobson’s blog describes a report prepared by Booz Allen Hamilton, analyzing problems in the Australian Integrated Cargo System. The system is intended to track goods coming into Australia by either air or sea.
When CIO’s congregate, there is often talk about “aligning” IT with the business. ROI is one important method for measuring the benefit that IT returns back to a business organization.
Leo McKinstry (Daily Mail) writes about a project in the UK that is being deployed for the National Health Service (NHS). From the article:The Government warned that its flagship computer network for the NHS, which was meant to go on-line at the end of last year, is still hopelessly behind schedule and could end up costing over £20billion, more than £14 billion above its original estimate.