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Modernization in Place

Last week we released The Standish Group’s Modernization in Place Report.  Modernization in Place report recommends ways to modernize and update critical applications.  A highlight of the Modernization in Place report is the use rate and value of features and functions by the age of the application.  The Modernization in Place report suggests a concrete path to a successful resolution of a modernization project.  Modernization in Place report outlines the six steps to a successful… Read more

Blame Rio

By Lou Vianna and Jim JohnsonThe unfortunate 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta was the scene of a bombing that ultimately killed two people and wounded more than 100.  Those Olympic Games also proved to be more of a tumultuous experience than IBM anticipated. IBM performed poorly. Reporters around the world, who relied on IBM's technology for real-time scoring and information on athletes, were frustrated that certain information was inaccessible. The press began to lambaste IBM… Read more


Once upon a time in the world of green dragons, a blue dragon was born.  At first the dragon’s parents were upset that their baby was blue, not green like all the other dragons, but they were happy that their baby dragon was healthy. They named their new baby dragon Bleu. During the first 12 months of every dragon’s life they breathe regular air, so except for Bleu’s color, this young dragon was like all… Read more

Milestones: Love Them or Hate Them

I just love milestones. I just love milestones when I take a cross-country trip. I just love milestones when I drive from Boston to Cape Cod. I just love milestones when I walk our three dogs. I just love milestones when I run or jog. I just love watching the milestones on the inflight TV when flying from London to Boston.I just hate milestones as a measurement for project progress. To me, milestones are a… Read more

Factors of Success

You want your projects to be more successful, with higher value and greater customer satisfaction. For the last 20 years we have published the key Factors of Success. For the last 20 years we have also published the results of IT project performance. During that time period the results have been mixed. Some areas have improved while in other areas project costs have skyrocketed and success has been elusive. Since the very beginning of The… Read more

Success Redefined

The Standish Group has redefined project success as onTime, onBudget with a satisfactory result. Success is hard to define and we had a hard time coming to this conclusion.  Merriam-Webster dictionary defines success as the fact of getting or achieving wealth: respect or fame: the correct or desired result of an attempt; someone or something that is successful: or a person or thing that succeeds.  The Project Management Institute (PMI) has defined success as onTime,… Read more

Haze in Thinking

The Standish Group has issued two companion papers.  The first paper is “Rethinking the Public Spending on ICT projects” and the second paper is titled simply “Haze”.  The Haze paper contains within it the Rethinking of the Public Spending on ICT projects report.  Both papers are a response to a report by the Dutch temporary committee on government ICT projects.  The Dutch Government report contains many recommendations and policies. Many of these policies such as… Read more

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