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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

Titanic Deckchairs

Project prioritization is like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.  No matter how much effort you put into the task your project portfolio is going to sink.  Rather than prioritize, optimization would turn those deckchairs into lifejackets. In our value-based process we partition, minimize, and optimize.  In doing these three things your project portfolio will have a natural prioritization. The major added benefit is your project portfolio will have an exponential increase in value.  In… Read more

Holiday Reflections and Resolutions

The Standish Group family wishes your family a great holiday season and happy New Year.  As you trim your Christmas Tree, light your Menorah, eat your sacrificial goat, burn your Yule Log, and dance round the Festivus Pole it is time to reflect on the past and look to the future.  We reflect on those misty water-colored memories of those scattered pictures of the smiles of people that have left us.  We cherish the thoughts… Read more

Small Projects: Like Riding a Bicycle

Hans Mulder & Jim JohnsonIn a follow-up to our Double Dog Dare post, we are comparing small projects to bicycle rides. Many projects are naturally small. In many parts of the world people commonly ride bicycles for transportation. In other parts of the world it takes a little more effort to encourage and make bicycles safe for transportation. For example, Holland has built special bike paths throughout the country. In the Netherlands there are laws… Read more

CHAOS Report 2014

Twenty-one years ago we published the “CHAOS Report”. Every year since we have published a variant of the original CHAOS Report, but never calling it the CHAOS Report.  We have called new CHAOS reports: CHAOS Rising, Extreme CHAOS, CHAOS Chronicle, CHAOS: A Recipe for Success CHAOS Manifesto, and CHAOS Knowledge Center.  That changes now and this year we are publishing a new traditional CHAOS Report.  The title of the new traditional report is CHAOS Report:… Read more

Double Dog Dare

Let us consider two different paradoxes: the Montana Paradox and Cobb’s Paradox. First, the Montana Paradox. It is widely believed by traffic professionals, law enforcement agencies, and bodies of government that reducing speed and enforcing speed limits saves lives. However, is this really the reason behind the results, or are there more commercial aspects to this belief? After all, there is a whole industry built around enforcement of traffic laws. The National Highway Traffic Safety… Read more

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