Peter Sterpe, of Forrester Research, has pulled together excellent and practical techniques to fix failing IT projects. His report, titled Rescuing Train Wrecks: Putting Derailed Software Projects Back On Track, reminds us that most failed projects can be turned around if the right steps are taken.
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Here is a description of one problem-solving method used by Nepal Airlines. This is from Reuters:Officials at Nepal's state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said Tuesday.
Apple just released a bunch of new products, including iPods and an upgraded iPhone. But for many people, the new iPhone price cut was more significant than Apple's splashy product announcements.
People are the most important asset of any project, team, or company. Good people working together, sharing a common vision and motivated to achieve common goals, will bring success to any venture.
I'm sorry, but I can't resist. Information Week has published pictures of Google's newest data center in Oregon.
Oliver Widder has been tracking me and a few other bloggers. I mean that in a nice way: he draws cartoons about ironic and silly IT situations, using several IT blogs as source material.
Discussions of offshore software development often reference cultural, communication, timezone, and language issues. Prashanth Rai, author of the CIO-Reinvented blog, raises a subtler and less discussed problem: the role of business maturity and sophistication in producing great software:One of the problems in the industry currently is that lot of the Indian IT Services companies are still in the business of providing "Technically Sound/Well trained Bodies".
Inside CRM has a list of 101 tips for being a better manager. Here are my picks for the ten best:Only promise what you can realistically deliver.
This post is not about failed IT projects; it's an inspiring story from someone absolutely determined to win his battle against cancer. Jeffrey Walker, CEO of Atlassian Software and fellow Enterprise Irregular, has written an eloquent, powerful, and highly personal account of his fight against a rare form of this killer disease.
Project failures occur with stunning regularity across industries, technologies, and geographies. Although IT failures often appear rooted in technology, the real causes can usually be traced back to people and management, rather than to hardware or software.