Michael Krigsman

Michael Krigsman is recognized internationally as an analyst, strategy advisor, enterprise advocate, and blogger. Interact with Michael on Twitter at @mkrigsman.

Latest Posts

Failing Grades

Sam Dillon reports in the New York Times on states’ expensive efforts to implement new computerized record systems for tracking student grades, performance, attendance, and other data. These are complex and expensive systems, and many state education departments are seeing  poor management result in many millions of dollars of waste.

May 16, 2006 by


Our Lips are Sealed

Timothy Johnson wrote an op-ed piece for the Des Moines Business Record  describing one of the key elements associated with many project failures: information hiding. He points out that numerous elements in the project environment can contribute to the free flow (or lack) of information.

May 15, 2006 by



Sarah Arnott reports that UK energy giant Centrica has kicked Accenture off a £400m IT project. According the the article, Accenture was almost a year behind schedule on this project, which includes both Siebel and SAP components.

May 13, 2006 by


Bigger and Bigger Secrets

This is a follow-up to an earlier post about a $300M NSA project that will most likely never be used. The original article was written by Siobhan Gorman and published in the Baltimore Sun.

May 4, 2006 by


INTERVIEW: Matthew Leitch on Denial and Risk

Big projects typically generate hundreds of pages of status reports—yet somehow it’s always a surprise when the project team ‘discovers’ that failure is right around the corner.In fact, says risk management expert Matthew Leitch, denial and information hiding can have deep roots early in the life of a project.

May 3, 2006 by


Annoucement: Wednesday Interview Series

Dear Deck Chairs Reader,Starting today, we will be initiaiting a series of weekly interviews with experts who are working in domains related to this blog. The experts will include CIO’s, risk mangement experts, university professors, and others.

May 3, 2006 by