Friday, 2 August 2013

Why do complex IT projects appear to be failing all the time?

There is a consensus of published data (please, see my research for more information), that supports our empirical experiences, indicating that there are more fundamental reasons that are not only technical in nature - they lie in the following four domains:
  • The ever increasing complexity of IT system design being implemented within a project; 
  • A flawed governance structure that prevents: 
             - the setting of robust business and resource quality requirements,
             - realistic project and budget timelines, 

             - utilization of the necessary experience that aligns to the project,

  • poor change management structure that disables the adaptability of the project, 
  • the lack of a systematic model to monitor and forecast risks in real time. 
This costs today’s organizations time, money and value to the business.  It is becoming clear that IT leaders must move beyond traditional practices and employ a new methodology that 
  • enables simplification of complex IT systems and projects, and 
  • enables IT leaders to be highly effective strategic partners in the organization, not "lights-on keepers".

According to research published in the Harvard Business Review, 67% of organizations failed to terminate unsuccessful IT projects due to flawed governance and 34% of organizations undertook IT projects that were not aligned with corporate strategy.

My recently published whitepaper sheds the light on many of the complex IT issues and presents an innovative approach on how to simplify complex IT projects and systems, and how to mitigate the risks of failure in complex IT projects.

I initiated this blog to share my ideas and experiences with those who are interested to simplify and mitigate the risks of failure in complex IT projects, as well as, to learn more about issues and successes related to complex IT projects. I believe that by joint efforts we find an effective approach to making complex IT projects more successful and customer friendly.


  1. According to Harvard Business Review, the analysis of 1,471 IT projects from across the globe, , revealed little difference between IT projects at government agencies and commercial companies.

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  2. I believe that complex IT projects fail for two reasons:
    1 - low capacity of the server on which the project is based
    2 - poor protection and structuring of corporate data throughout the development of the project can be stolen or lost

  3. I believe that any project may fail, and more often it happens due to the incompetent staff who literally affect the implementation of the project.
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