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What makes IT projects different than other types of projects?

Everyone seems to think that IT projects are a completely different species than all other projects in the world, including service projects and construction projects. Can someone explain why and how they're that different? And how comes the standard waterfall methodology is "supposedly" inefficient with these projects?
asked 12 years ago by anonymous

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Technology is not resilient.  Humans are.

Humans can be thrown a problem, and demonstrate remarkable ability to adapt to a situation if we're inclined.  That means we can respond quickly to troubles in a project quickly if we're inclined.

Technology is crafted, it doesn't just morph into a different form if itself if it's wrong. It takes time to adapt it.  That's why it's so important to have a clear sense of the outcome before you dive in to the technology solution.

I'm sure there are many other differences, but that's the one that seems to elude inexperienced stakeholders the most in my world.
answered 11 years ago by anonymous

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