Application Development: Rescuing a Failing Project, Part III — Reframing the Project
This IDC study describes a method for reframing a failing application development project by applying the theory of constraints from lean manufacturing to identify and eliminate the project constraint. In Application Development: Rescuing a Failing Project, Part II — Perform a Root Cause Analysis (June 2015), steps were defined to perform a root cause analysis (RCA) to identify project practices that are having the most damaging effects on a project. Together, these studies provide an actionable method for applying good practices from successful projects to replace the project constraint and put the project back on track.
Written for CIOs, project management executives, and line-of-business managers, this study and its companion documents provide essential guidance for dealing with the damaging effects of a failing project. They also provide a path for transforming the project management approach to one that not only accommodates change but uses failures as opportunities for driving a project toward the desired business objective.
"Successful software development projects seek opportunities to test project assumptions through frequent or continuous testing and deployments and are not deterred by unexpected results that might once have been viewed as project failure," says Susan Martin, adjunct advisor with IDC's Research Network. "Rather, such 'failures' are viewed as opportunities to continuously reframe the project based on constantly changing assumptions about the project, customers, and business objectives."
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