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