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Application Development: Rescuing a Failing Project, Part I

Application Development: Rescuing a Failing Project, Part I

This IDC study addresses the challenges posed by failing application development projects. It describes the characteristics of troubled or failing projects, reasons for project failure, approaches to avoid making the problem worse, and ways to build alternatives to failure. The worst approach to a failing or troubled project is either to avoid it or to increase the intensity of the work and effort expended. It is vital to stop, appraise ongoing problems, and address the issues. Written for CIOs, project management executives, and line-of-business managers, this study provides essential guidance in dealing with the common, pervasive, and potentially career-threatening challenges posed by a troubled development project.

"It is important to emphasize that 'project failure' does not mean that the business goal cannot be met," says Susan Martin, adjunct analyst with IDC's Research Network. "Project failure means that the project has failed to deliver as planned. It is entirely feasible to identify the root cause and reframe the project for a successful outcome that satisfies overall business objectives."

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IDC Opinion
In This Study
IT Executive Program Research Agenda
Situation Overview
Identifying Failing Projects
Avoid Magnifying the Problem
Building in Alternatives to Failure
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
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Figure: IT Executive Program Research Agenda Themes

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