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Top 5 Reasons for IT Project Failure

There are as many paths to failure as there are projects. But don’t despair just yet! Just like IT projects, the problems that invade them can usually be put into categories that make the project manager’s job much easier. Stephen Lahanas identifies the top five reasons why IT projects fail.

1.An inability to examine or challenge assumptions: Most terminal problems will show up in the initial stages of the project, and they continue to progress because no one speaks up.

2.A “silo” mentality: This means a project that becomes over-compartmentalized. Not only do teammates cease to work together, but they start to point fingers when things go wrong.

3.The inability to compromise: In order to succeed, your project has to be flexible, and it won’t be unless the people behind it are as well. If you fail to compromise, deadlines are going to quickly pass you by.

4.Technology-Centric Projects: Are you using the next big thing in technology because you need it or because everyone else is using it? Remember the point of these products is not just to look cool, but to align to your organization’s needs.

5. Poor Role Definition and Project Dynamics: Don’t get confused with who’s doing what. Make sure jobs are clearly defined. Leaders should be flexible, but everyone still needs one person to take charge.

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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