Why do projects fail? Very often, the roots of failure lie in non-technical areas related to project management, organizational politics, and lack of consensus across stakeholders.
Beyond IT Failure
Michael Krigsman is a recognized authority on the causes and prevention of IT failures.
Michael Krigsman is recognized internationally as an analyst, strategy advisor, enterprise advocate, and blogger. Interact with Michael on Twitter at @mkrigsman.
The Wisconsin state legislature has created a special group to study IT project cost overruns, called The Speaker’s Task Force on Failed Information Technology Projects. So far, they have scheduled monthly meetings running through August.
Even the most hardened infrastructure sometimes fails. Recently, Google groups was down, as you can see here.
All too often, enterprise software buyers pay insufficient attention to examining the likely achievable ROI of technology they are about to purchase. Wisconsin Technology Network interviewed Leslie Hearn, vice president and CIO of TDS Telecom, on the subject of establishing a strong business case when purchasing software.
Don Dodge has been around the software industry for a long time. Currently Director of Business Development, Emerging Business Team, at Microsoft, Don works closely with startups and venture capitalists.
The Information Aesthetics blog presents a nice way for visualizing certain kinds of data. As you can see from the image below, the chart displays three kinds of data simultaneously:X-axis data, such as time seriesY-axis data, such as a set of scoresSize data, governing magnitude for the data being representedIn effect, this visualization adds time-series and magnitude-series to a standard bubble chart.
Paper plates are decidedly not sexy, or so I thought until I met Michael Dwork at the Red Herring East 2007 conference. Michael is CEO of VerTerra, a company that uses dried, organically-grown palm tree leaves from India to produce amazing disposable dishes.
Recently, the Enterprise Irregulars, a group of analysts and bloggers covering enterprise software of which I am a member, have been discussing so-called virtual worlds, such as Second Life. An important aspect of this discussion has been the applicability of virtual worlds to business.
Dixon Doll is a highly-respected and successful venture capital investor. At the Red Herring East 2007 conference, Dixon gave a talk and answered questions regarding his views on venture capital investing, global markets, and other sundry and related topics.
During the last two days, I attended the Red Herring East 2007 conference in Boston. Although not directly related to my usual project failures focus, it’s an important event that should be of interest to readers of this blog.