Why tech projects fail: five unspoken reasons
“Depending on which consultancy you ask and what they're ultimately trying to sell you, the failure rate for technology projects is anywhere from 37% to 75%. I especially like the 37% – not 35, but 37 – because those extra two percentage points give the kind of false precision that suggests authenticity.
If managing technology pays your mortgage, you usually explain away those failures by pointing to your gray world: gray requirements, gray resources, gray planning, gray risks. The only vibrant colour in your life is the brilliant hue of overly optimistic project scheduling.
But that's not the whole story. Here are five unspoken reasons IT projects fail as often as they do, drawn from my two decades as an IT manager and executive in the financial services industry.”
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