From the Jaws of Defeat: Tips and Solutions for Project Revival

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Online Forums 2014 - April 11, 2014
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Dave Goodman


Recent research from the Standish Group stated that a staggering 31.1% of projects will be cancelled before they ever get completed. Another startling statistic: 52.7% of projects will cost an average 189% of their original estimates. In a perfect world, we would complete projects on time and on budget. Clients would always be pleased with our end product, budgets would never be an issue, there would be no project-manager or subject-matter-expert turnover, and the words “out of scope” would never be uttered. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. In the real world, all of these issues exist and often result in project failure.

Through real-world examples, participants in this session will explore the reasons projects fail—including scope changes, turnover, multiple reviews and reviewers, poorly written requirements documents, and communication issues—and gain tips and solutions for keeping your projects viable and on track.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The top five reasons projects fail
  • Tips and solutions for salvaging projects that are “in trouble”
  • How to set policies and procedures to limit project problems in the first place

Project managers and managers who have some experience with project failure.


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