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Root Causes of Troubled Projects

Root Causes of Troubled Projects

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There are a number of sources of information on the root causes of troubled projects. These include some notable books on the subject of software risk management, surveys of troubled or 'runaway' projects conducted by management consultants, reports prepared by government accounting watchdogs and internal studies conducted by IT services companies. Root causes which can affect a project during the Project Conception and Project Initiation/Mobilisation stages can be detected during the planning or bid stage of a project. Guidance on how to achieve this is given in Part 2 of this book. If the vendor and the buyer fail to agree that one or more of these root causes is threatening the success of the project and that something needs to be done about it, the vendor can always walk away from the business. Sometimes this brave step does need to be taken. Root causes which can affect a project during the System Design and System Development stages can be detected during project delivery reviews, enabling corrective action to be planned and executed. Guidance on how to achieve this is given in Part 3 of this book. Root causes which can affect a project during the System Implementation and System Operation, Benefit Delivery, Stewardship and Disposal stages can be detected if ongoing project reviews are undertaken throughout the life of the project/system.

Inspec keywords: risk management; software engineering; project management

Other keywords: system operation stages; project mobilisation stages; system development stages; system design stages; disposal stages; benefit delivery stages; system implementation stages; root causes; stewardship stages; project delivery reviews; government accounting watchdogs; project conception; software risk management; IT services companies; project initiation stages; runaway projects; troubled projects

Subjects: Software engineering techniques

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