What if we did something different? THOUGHT Evoker A mini white brief to trigger thought and discussion. Your comments, reactions, thoughts, etc. are welcome. We would like to hear from you and share them with fellow business professionals. You can respond via the blog found on our website – www.HECHTBA.com. The OASIG Study in 1995 stated “… 7 out of 10 IT projects failed…”. The Standish Group Chaos Report of 1995 found “ … 31.1% of projects would be cancelled before they ever got completed.” A Butler Group Review in 2008 stated “… project failure rates remain frustratingly high…”. And, the last time The Standish Group released its CHAOS findings in 2006, “…35 percent of projects were successes, 19 percent were failures and 46 percent were challenged.” * (* Failure is defined as cancelled or stopped before implementation. Challenged means the project was over budget, behind schedule, or delivered less that expected capability or quality.) WOW!! After spending millions of dollars on improving project management, we now can say 6.5 out of 10 projects failed. “INSANITY: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” A. Einstein. Is this where we are with project management? Improving what we are doing, but essentially doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results – expecting to succeed? If we wanted to do something different, what could it be? Answering the second question is difficult. It requires us to open our minds, challenge core fundamental beliefs, and be willing to experiment and change. For example: HECHT Business Architects is a consulting and software company focusing on Strategic Evolution ttm – a three step method to realize managed change that achieves the strategic intent of your enterprise. 360o of DONE tm is the fundamental approach used in step 3 – Make the desired changes a reality. For more information on Strategic Evolution tm or 360o of DONE tm, you can contact us at [email protected] What if we discovered that work/effort is a terrible metric to measure real progress? Could we imagine a project plan that did not have “tasks”? What if we discovered that a hierarchical WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) process produces unrealistic and constraining work plans? Could we accept a different framework to define projects, work, outcomes, etc.? What if we had a collaborative, clear, and comprehensive definition and understanding of DONE? What would that look like? What would it take to produce it? What if the decision was SCOPE, COST, SCHEDULE – PICK ALL THREE? How could this be? Is this possible if we applied innovation, creativity, and true productivity improvement? What if we had a clear understanding of failure? What if we spent as much time insuring we do not fail as we do trying to convince others what we did is success? What if we could stop Management & Control of projects and move to Leadership & Inspiration? Would this make the project experience better for all – stakeholders, project managers, team members, users, and management? Would this empower us to produce more, stress less? It is time to question what we are doing and start doing something different, not focus on improving what we currently do. It is time to change your mindset, – it’s time to cross the line.