Troubled IT Projects : Prevention and Turnaround (IEE by John Smith

By John Smith

There's no secret surrounding the explanations for IT venture failure however the key factor is that IT providers owners and purchasers make an identical error repeatedly, and back. This handbook bargains systematic counsel on tips on how to feel and keep away from the explanations of IT venture failure at each step; from undertaking notion to the disposal of the procedure after a protracted and worthy operational existence. It encompasses a distinct research of the forty root motives of IT tasks - drawing on learn and the author's adventure and customary feel. The textual content covers the full undertaking existence cycle from either side of the buyer-vendor courting and will be invaluable instruction manual for software program engineering and IT companies professionals.Also available:Knowledge Discovery and information Mining - ISBN 0852967675Intelligent dispensed Video Surveillance platforms - ISBN 0863415040The establishment of Engineering and expertise is likely one of the world's prime specialist societies for the engineering and expertise group. The IET publishes greater than a hundred new titles each year; a wealthy mixture of books, journals and magazines with a again catalogue of greater than 350 books in 18 various topic parts together with: -Power & power -Renewable power -Radar, Sonar & Navigation -Electromagnetics -Electrical dimension -History of know-how -Technology administration

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And, of course, we all have our own experience to call upon. The information is out there. There is no mystery. There is a good measure of agreement between the various sources, but some root causes are mentioned by only one or two sources. It seems sensible to combine the information from these sources into a table. This is what I have done, eliminating repetition and extracting specificity to provide a list of 40 generic root causes of troubled projects. I have highlighted where in the project life cycle these problems might be detectable and correctable.

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In addition, the funding goes some way to meeting the Vendors’ costs for the design work and development planning. 1 Troubled Project Root Causes Preventable during the Planning Stage (continued) 10 Quality Assurance and Risk Management 11 Writing the Proposal 39 RC07 Vendor setting unrealistic expectations on cost, timescale or Vendor capability RC08 Buyer failure to define and document requirements (functional and non-functional) RC10 Vendor failure to invest enough resources to scope the project prior to contract RC12 Vendor underestimation of resources (predominantly person-effort) required RC13 Vendor failure to define project tasks, deliverables and acceptance processes RC14 Failure to actively manage risks and maintain robust contingency plans RC15 Poor project planning, management and execution RC16 Failure to clearly define roles and responsibilities in the contract/subcontracts RC17 Full-scope, fixed-price contracting (requirements, design and development) RC19 Poor choice of technical platform and/or architecture RC21 Poor choice of design/development method RC23 Vendor lack/loss of skilled resources RC24 Poor Vendor standards deployment (design, coding, testing, configuration management etc) RC26 Buyer retains design authority with right to approve/reject low-level designs RC32 Lack of a formal ‘engineering’ approach to integration and testing by Vendor RC33 Insufficient attention paid by Vendor to nonfunctional requirements – If the project bears the hallmarks of a troubled project due to Buyer-induced root causes and the Buyer is unprepared to de-risk the project, the Vendor must be prepared to walk away from the opportunity.

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