Why IT Projects Fail

A2016-11-14_13-28-38 Gartner survey in 2012 cited that large IT projects “are more likely to fail than small projects…due to functionality issues and substantial delays.” Projects with budgets greater than $350,000 exceeded budgets 25% of the time. The failure rate of projects greater than one million dollars was almost 50% higher than projects with budgets below $350,000.2 The survey cited the following six key issues that led to project failure:

  • Functionality issues
  • Substantially late
  • Quality issues
  • High cost variance
  • Cancelled after launch
  • Rejected or not implemented for other reasons

Not much changed over the years.

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