The inner life of failed IT projects

The inner life of failed IT projects

Summary: This drawing illustrates the inner workings of failed IT projects. You've got to take a look!

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Courtesy of Naomi Bloom's HR strategy and technology blog, this drawing illustrates the inner workings of failed IT projects.

Study the picture closely, and you'll see the following:

  • Complexity
  • Information silos
  • Poor communication
  • Complicated, although well-defined, process
  • Completely failed outcome

Do your company's projects look like this?

Topics: CXO, Browser, IT Employment

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  • None of this makes any sense.

    So yeah. Status quo.
    People
  • RE: The inner life of failed IT projects

    Yes agreed. but no solutions as people prefer life this way.

    On a recent development project for a proof of principle system to remotely personalise EMV paypass cards I did all the analysis, design and development myself. Partly due to customer budget but it was nice to see everything fall into place. But we can't do projects like this - white water raft risk.
    pauldavidgilligan
  • RE: The inner life of failed IT projects

    Yeah, status quo in a situation that makes no sense. Indeed, that's it!
    mkrigsman
  • RE: The inner life of failed IT projects

    Where's Ben Shatley when you need him? :-p<br><br>Unfortunately, this does look like the inner-workings of many projects I've been on. The Army says it best with their acronym SNAFU!
    Scott Priestley
    • RE: The inner life of failed IT projects

      @Scott Priestley
      No - the Navy does - FUBAR
      BitBanger_USA
      • RE: The inner life of failed IT projects

        @BitBanger_USA
        Navy fealty here!
        However: FUBAR=Result / SNAFU=SitRep :-p
        Scott Priestley
      • RE: The inner life of failed IT projects

        @BitBanger_USA I believe the medical profession is more forward looking: FUBAR BUNDY.
        ggriffin
    • RE: The inner life of failed IT projects

      @Scott Priestley

      By God's grace, I'm still around, Scott. Hope you are doing well.
      Ben_S
  • The view from inside is different...

    One of the real problems with a project (or even an organisation) is that the structure looks different from the inside, compared to outside or hindsight.

    Some of this is due to ego, some of it is due to the 'yes-man' syndrome, but there's also the problem that project / team / organisation members all have too much personal investment to allow themselves to see the faults and failings.
    martin.english
  • All have good points here

    But the majority of the projects that i've seen go the way of the dodo have a number of things in common.
    1. A great project mis-Manager
    2. lack of Key upper management buy in
    3. severe case of the scope creeps

    Projects that succeed do so by introducing components in phases not all for nothing v1 becoming v5 overnight. Managing client expectation as in it's ok to say we cannot do that in this version.
    DS-Solutions
  • RE: The inner life of failed IT projects

    The beauty of the diagram is that it is scalable. like projects doomed to fail.
    opcom