Fri Apr 16 2010

This time we talk about our vast experience with failed projects. Project "X" is the big topic but there were others.

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Show Notes

Why do so many projects fail?  Well, in our experience, it has to do with some combination of the following:

  • Statement of Work Conditions of Satisfaction Define "Done" Define Assumptions Requirements
    *   Can change - just not constantly*   Good ones can actually be tested*   Use Business Analysts for appropriate context*   Build and Deployment: How to get the application created and installed - <u>always</u> underestimated  

Cover your ass with detailed status reports (Weekly!)

  • What did you do this week What is planned for next week What did you do that was unplanned (KEY! - This is why you didn't finish everything you planned) What resources do you need to get the job done What issues are blocking you

Document, Document, Document!!!

Resources:

Failing project sound effect: http://www.SadTrombone.com

Developer.WindowsPhone.com

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