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CHAOS Charts for 2015

The Standish Group has replaced and updated the primary 12 CHAOS Charts in the chart section with the following charts. All the charts are from the new CHAOS Database from fiscal years 2011 to 2015.  Fiscal year runs from March 1st to the end of February of the following year. Unless otherwise noted the total number of software projects is over 25,000 with an average of 5,000 per yearly period.  In addition, all charts, except… Read more
 

Crapola

by Jim Johnson & Han MulderThe Standish Group plans to release a report on Modernization in Place very soon. The Modernization in Place paper includes a section on what we shall call “Crapola”—code that is rusting away and preventing progress on lifeblood advancements. Even brand-new applications have plenty of Crapola or unused features and functions. During the agile development process refactoring or pruning is a best practice. Refactoring improves the understandability of the code and… Read more

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

Dragon2Dragon

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
 

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