Do successful projects possess an evolutionary superiority that somehow advances the overall state of project capability out in the world? Although some observers may believe so, the repetitive nature of IT project failure make me doubt such positions.
Readers of this blog know that we seem doomed to repeat the same project mistakes over and over again. As as a result, IT failures have become an enormous drain on the economy, as estimated by that grandfather of all failure studies, the Chaos Report:
The cost of these failures and overruns are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The lost opportunity costs are not measurable, but could easily be in the trillions of dollars.
And what got me ruminating on this issue? The following photo, which one commenter called pumpkin Darwinism: