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Ghost of Christmas Future

By Jim Johnson  In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, four ghosts visit Ebenezer Scrooge. One of the ghosts is the Ghost of Christmas Future. The future ghost shows Scrooge his likely future based on his past transgressions and present habits. The ghost points out that Scrooge could change his future if he changed his habits. A few years ago, Software Magazine called me the Ghost of Christmas Future based on our ability to spot trends… Read more

Easy as Pie

A year and half ago we created PM2GO.  The purpose of PM2GO was to take much of our advice stored in the CHAOS Knowledge Center (CKC) and create microblogs. The idea was to have a daily blog with a single subject that a person could read and digest in just a few minutes.  We wanted to get right to point, deliver the advice, and let people get on with their day.  We also planned to… Read more

Your Worst Foe

By Hans Mulder The Standish Group has said many times that users can be your best friend or your worst foe. Once again, the Dutch government has another challenged IT project. Besides loss of taxpayers' money, the failure of the system has a direct consequence for citizens with physical limitations, who are completely dependent on timely and correct payment of their healthcare needs. As of January 1st of this year, the Dutch law was changed. Before… Read more

Triple Play

The Standish Group is providing three important services around our Factors of Value research.  The purpose of the Factors of Value research is to consider elements that have a high likely to increase the value of your software project investments. 1.              The first service is a Factors of Value video.  The seven-minute Factors of Value video outlines the Top Ten attributes that return the highest value of IT projects and investments.2.              The second service is a… Read more

Money Pit

 We just released the Money Pit: The True Cost of a Project. The purpose of this research note is to consider the true cost of a project. This research note also updates the original 2012 The True Cost of a Project white paper. For this report we examine the cost of two similar projects in the Standish database undertaken in two very different environments—a mature institutional environment (Fat) and an agile environment (Lean)—against the true… Read more

Fat versus Lean

A new research report coming out soon is titled Money Pit: the true cost of a project.  In this advanced research report we are using Fat and Lean for the names of the two projects profiled in the report. Let us first define what we mean by fat in the context of this paper.  Fat to us is the part in a project that provides little to no value.  Many people justify larger projects based… Read more

Two By Four

In the real estate business they use comps to price a house for sale. If the house next door sold for $300,000 and the house across the street sold for $350,000.  Then this data is used as a starting point for your home.  In the IT business we use thousand lines of code (KLOCS).  If you think about this it would be like pricing your home by the number of 2 X 4s used.  We… Read more

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