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22 Why Projects Fail!? Wah, Wah, Wahhhhh

Published: 4/13/2010

This time we talk about our vast experience with failed projects. Project "X" is the big topic but there were others.

Show Notes

Why do so many projects fail?  Well, in our experience, it has to do with some combination of the following:

  • Statement of Work
  • Conditions of Satisfaction
  • Define "Done"
  • Define Assumptions
  • Requirements
    • Can change - just not constantly
    • Good ones can actually be tested
  • Use Business Analysts for appropriate context
  • Build and Deployment: How to get the application created and installed - always underestimated

Cover your ass with detailed status reports (Weekly!)

  • What did you do this week
  • What is planned for next week
  • What did you do that was unplanned (KEY! - This is why you didn't finish everything you planned)
  • What resources do you need to get the job done
  • What issues are blocking you

Document, Document, Document!!!

Resources:

Failing project sound effect: http://www.SadTrombone.com

Developer.WindowsPhone.com

Tips or Tricks

Generate from Usage - Visual Studio 2010 Refactoring Tool


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