Is Failure the Norm?

The Standish Group, a company whose mission includes “[collecting] case information on real-life IT failures and environments,” reported that in 2009 only 32% of all projects were “delivered on time, on budget, with required features and functions.” Here’s another grim statistic from 2010: “Of nearly 200 worldwide ERP implementations evaluated by Panorama Consulting Solutions, half were reported as business failures.”

As technology professionals, we should be both bothered and inspired by these facts. Here’s a great article by Eddie Williams of TechRepublic addressing why projects fail and how to prepare for the worst.
What do you think, is failure the new norm? Let us know in the comments.

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