Can you recognize a failing project zombie before it's too late? Although there's no simple or easy answer, the failures do tend to share certain traits.
Adapted from Project Smart, here are 12 attributes of bad projects:
Doesn't meet expectations
Lacks change management processes
Lacks project sponsorship
Insufficient resources or budget are available
Team doesn't report or escalate critical problems quickly
No risk planning
Schedule delays and missed commitments are rampant
Project is over-budget with no end in sight
Low morale is a problem
Uncontrolled scope creep abounds
Project direction and end-game aren't clear
Showstoppers haven't been identified
There are a zillion reasons why IT projects collapse, most of which boil down to an ugly set of organizational or political issues. Denial, fear of communicating bad news, and related loveliness are usually the underlying culprits.