In my experience, many project failures can be traced back to poorly written requests for proposals (RFPs). When you buy the wrong thing, you get the wrong result.
Beyond IT Failure
Michael Krigsman is a recognized authority on the causes and prevention of IT failures.
Michael Krigsman is an internationally recognized analyst, strategy advisor, and authority on enterprise software leadership, CIO innovation, and social business. Interact with Michael on Twitter at @mkrigsman.
From an unpublished work by Axel Angeli, noted author and project expert:Sages and Dunces Projects fail because people are stupid, no doubt. But it is seldom the case that team members are stupid.
CIO Update describes the growing trend toward software as a service (SaaS) products. The artcle argues that SaaS implementations are less expensive and failure-prone than traditional enterprise software deployments: Before Salesforce.
In an article on SearchCIO, several CIOs discuss project planning as a driver in making mid-market IT projects successful. A few quotes:Experts say project management brings clarity and can help keep everyone on the same page.
ESI International has written a white paper, called Saving Troubled Projects (registration required), describing their methodology for diagnosing and intervening to save failing IT projects.Here are a few quotes from the white paper:Simply put, “troubled” means that the project’s variance trends of time, cost and scope have exceeded acceptable levels and, without immediate intervention, the project will continue on a path to failure.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has a problem with its Business Tools for Schools (BTS) ERP implementation: the new payroll system isn’t working correctly and paychecks are wrong. This has led to an uproar, with the teacher’s union advocating that teachers boycott student meetings and filing a lawsuit against the district.
I’ve received a number of requests to meet with exhibitors at the upcoming Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston.
I still have one complimentary pass available for the upcoming Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston.
Prolific blogger Dennis Howlett is one of the founders (and Chief Strategist) of a new Internet-based service called FreeAgent Central. The company helps contractors, freelancers, consultants, and small businesses keep track of time-based billing, invoicing, taxes, and so on.
During a recent trip to London, we went to a store specializing in “umbrellas and sticks.