One of the greatest challenges for anyone in Information Technology is managing scope. Scope creep is a bane to a project’s success metrics. Scope creep occurs for a variety of reasons like poor change control practices, not understanding project objectives, poor requirements practices, poor communication and even poorly skilled project team members, project managers and […]
Are Your Requirements Good or Just Good Enough?
As an operational definition, good requirements are cohesive, complete, consistent, correct, feasible, modifiable, necessary, prioritized, reusable, testable, traceable, verifiable and unambiguous. If requirements aren’t captured to this high standard, rework or project failure is the natural consequence. No one will ever get good requirements that meet this standard by walking into a room and asking […]
Who’s to Blame for Troubled Projects, IT or the Business?
There is enough empirical evidence to say that poor requirements contribute to the majority of project failures. Look at these study conclusions published over a 13 year period beginning in 1995: Requirements problems have been proven to contribute to 20-25% of all project failures. The average project overran its budget 189% and its schedule by […]
Elicitation Competencies that Give the Most Bang for the Buck
The Information Architecture Group (IAG) located in New Castle, Delaware, is one of the 28 founding members of the International Institute of Business Analysis, a heavy contributor to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge and a thought leader in requirements maturity best practices. In 2008, IAG conducted a survey of over 100 larger companies with […]
Achieve Unqualified Project Success
In 1995, the Standish Group’s Chaos Report said, “Requirements problems have been proven to contribute to 20-25% of all project failures. The average project overran its budget 189% and its schedule by 222%” In 2004, the same group’s Chaos Chronicles reported: Only 34% of projects expected to finish on time; 52% had proposed functionality; 82% […]