CHAOS Report 2015


We just released the “CHAOS Report 2015” report. 

The CHAOS Report 2015 is a model for future CHAOS Reports. There have only been two previous CHAOS Reports, the original in 1994 and the 21st edition of 2014. This new type of CHAOS Report focuses on presenting the data in different forms with many charts. Most of the charts come from the new CHAOS database from the fiscal years 2011 to 2015. The CHAOS fiscal year starts March 1 and runs until the end of February. A few of the charts are from the new SURF database to highlight certain information. The purpose of this report is to present the data in the purest form without much analysis and little thought leadership. Analysis and thought leadership are offered in the CHAOS Manifesto series of reports.  This is outline of the report:

Page 1: Introduction: where we introduce the six data points of success.  On this page we display 3 pie charts and one table: OnBudget, OnTime OnTarget and Traditional Resolution for All Projects.

Page 2: Modern Resolution is defined as OnTime, OnBudget, with a satisfactory result. On this page we display 3 pie charts and one table: Valuable, OnGoal, Satisfactory and Modern Resolution for All Projects.

Page 3: Project Size: has always been a major element in the CHAOS research. On this page we display 2 pie charts and 2 tables: Value for Large Projects, Value for Small Projects, Project Size by CHAOS Resolution and CHAOS Resolution by Project Size.

Page 4:  Resolution by Industry: provides another view of the CHAOS database. On this page we display 2 pie charts and one table: satisfaction level for banking projects, satisfaction level for retail projects and CHAOS Resolution by Industry.

Page 5: Areas of the World shows project resolution of the 4 major geographical areas of the world. On this page we display 2 pie charts and one table: Budget Process, Project Selection Process, and CHAOS Resolution by each Area of the World.

Page 6: Project Type: has a major effect on resolution. On this page we display 2 pie charts and one table: ROI for Requirements, Gain versus Risk Metrics, and CHAOS Resolution by Project Type.

Page 7: Agile versus Waterfall: compares the resolution of all software projects segmented by the agile process and waterfall method by size. On this page we display a pie chart and one table: Time Boxes and CHAOS Resolution by Agile versus Waterfall.

Page 8: Complexity: discusses how we determine and appraise complexity. On this page we display 2 pie charts and one table: Complexity Appraisal, Large, Complex Projects, and CHAOS Resolution by Complexity.

Page 9: Goal: as one of the seven constraints. On this page we display 2 pie charts and one table: Low-Value Business Processes, Cost/Benefit Analysis, and CHAOS Resolution by Goal.

Page 10: Skilled Staff: is a look at project resolution by capability. On this page we display 2 pie charts and one table: Gifted Agile Teams, Unskilled Agile Teams, and CHAOS Resolution by Capability.

Page 11: Factors of Success: reflects our opinion of the importance of each attribute and our recommendation of the amount of effort and investment that should be considered to improve project success. On this page we display a table of 2015 CHAOS Factors of Success with investment recommendation.

Page 12: shows additional resources and research and Resolution Benchmark benefits.

The new CHAOS report: 2015 Edition is available to members in our report sections of our website dashboard. Non-members can join in our store.


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Jennifer Lynch

Jennifer Lynch is Communication Manager for The Standish Group. Jennifer’s expertise is to create and execute an industry, press and customer communications strategy designed to increase the visibility and awareness of The Standish Group, its products, services, and corporate citizenship initiatives.

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