How proper training can keep IT projects from failing

Friday, December 20th, 2013 By Jack Nevison

IT projects fail all the time. Often, people tend to blame such failures on computers since—to the average person, at least—computers are mysterious and capricious devices that seem to have minds of their own.

However, computer blunders are not to blame for unsuccessful IT projects. Though computers do have glitches, most mistakes are the result of "operator error."

A recent CIO article explained some of the ways in which an IT project can go off the rails. In many cases, the cause is a lack of clearly defined goals.

"There is no clear problem definition or clarity about the requirements, and the full scope of the project is not understood," the article reads. "One executive has an objective, but as the project moves forward new people, such as other executives, risk managers, and architects are introduced, adding their ideas of what would be best."

Skilled project managers will take the time to plan the project's scope at the beginning. But even in the planning phase, there are pitfalls. Sometimes, project managers are overly optimistic about a project, which can result in unrealistic schedules, underestimated costs and an exaggeration of benefits.

Finally, some IT projects are just too complicated. Whether that's because the project relies on a new (and poorly understood) technology or because the initial plan was lacking, failure can result.

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