Car crash projects: how to prevent them

Wednesday 12 November 2014

6.00pm - 8.30pm (refreshments available 30 minutes before)

BCS London, Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Robin Foote and Matt Hunt

Even if you have worked in IT for years, you may never have met IT person who has not been part of at least one failed project

Compared to other project management intensive engineering disciplines, software development enjoys one of the lowest success rates at around 30 to 40 percent. This contrasts with, say, the construction industry at around 90 per cent. The same problems as other people have faced in delivering IT projects will probably be faced by you personally at some point.

We all know the manifestations of failure are:

  • The project costs a lot more than it should.
  • It takes a lot longer than expected.
  • The product does not do what it should.
  • Nobody is happy about it, nobody who was there when the project was initiated is still there.
  • And, of course, the client may change their mind on what they want.

What is more interesting is to look behind the manifestations to seek out the root causes of failure and what could have been done to head them off.

About the speakers:

Robin Foote and Matt Hunt have experience of IT Projects across a number of sectors and collectively have yet to meet an IT person who has not been part of at least one failed project

Robin is a Director with PwC specialising in PPM.

Matt is a Senior Manager with PwC specialising in Application Strategy and Integration.

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