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Top reasons why IT projects fail

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What are the top reasons why IT projects fail (other than lack of communication, bad project management, no real sponsorship of the project)? Is there any credible research done on the subject?
asked 9 years ago by anonymous

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I have two lists I've collected which also correlate well to an informal survey of IT Project Managers at a PMI ISSIG meeting in 2001:

According to the Standish Group, the top 10 reasons are:
1 Lack of User Input
2 Incomplete requirements/specs
3 Changing requirements/specs
4 Lack of Executive sponsorship
5 Technology Incompetence
6 Lack of resources
7 Unrealistic Expectations
8 Unclear Objectives
9 Unrealistic time frame
10 New Technology

According to a study by Jiang and Klein, the top 9 reasons are:
1 Project Size (# people)
2 Application Complexity
3 Technology Acquisition
4 Insufficient Resources
5 Lack of team expertise
6 Lack of user support
7 Lack of user experience
8 Lack of clear role definition
9 Intensity of conflicts
answered 9 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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