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CHAOS Tuesday #45: Why Large Projects Fail: Part 8

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Listen April 29th starting at 11am

CHAOS Tuesday #45: is the eighth part of our series on why large projects fail.  Ellen Hancock is our special guest.  Ellen and Jim discuss common traits of project failure.  A highlight of the show is the discussion on measuring a portfolio of projects and products rather than individual projects.  Ellen talks about some of the events at IBM, Rolm, Apple and Exodus. In this program we explore:

  • Common traits of large project failures
  • Portfolio Management versus project management
  • Investing in Innovation
  • Understanding different cultures
  • Getting really good at something

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Ellen Hancock is an experience senior executive having served as

President of Jazz Technologies, Inc., Chief Executive Officer of Exodus Communications, Inc. Chief Technology Officer of Apple Computer, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of National Semiconductor Corporation.  Mrs. Hancock worked at IBM for almost 30 years rising to the level of President and general manager of IBM’s Communication Products Division. Ellen is currently on the board of directors for several Fortune 500 and higher-level educational organizations.

CHAOS Tuesday: Conversation in CHAOS brings to the forefront principal research and thought leadership in the area of best practices for business information project management. Each week Jim Johnson with co-hosts and special guests will explore distinct areas of project management.

The program will cover project cases, suggestions on how to resolve an issue, pitfalls, warning signs, book reviews, and a history of lessons learned.  Each program will dig down deep into one of the CHAOS Best Practices or a burning current issue. Jim Johnson will present special data cuts from the CHAOS research database and what they mean. The team will challenge conventional wisdom, slaughter sacred cows, and question everything.  The program will be featured on The Standish Group website.