Project Success & Failure Factors
"But we chose the largest and best consultancy"
"But we set up stringent waterfall project processes with rigid gates"
"But our documentation processes were the best"
"But our requirements took months to create and check"
"But we did everything right. Why did the project fail?"
A surprising number of data warehousing initiatives fail. Most organisations exercise the greatest of diligence in choosing the Consultancy, initiating the management team and establishing stringent processes. Yet a large number of these projects either fail to satisfy business requirements or fail to deliver:
It is unreasonable to expect an organisation to accurately and fully define business requirements at the beginning of a project for an application with which the organisation may not have had any experience.
It is unreasonable to expect no variation in business requirements between the beginning and end of a project. Requirements will substantially evolve and clarify iteratively.
It is unreasonable to wait until the end of the project before involving the business in the deliverables especially given the nature of data warehousing and BI.
It is unreasonable to expect data emperors to give up their data domains willingly
It is unreasonable to expect back end systems to have perfect data cleanliness
It is unreasonable to expect an adversarial or argumentative model between consultancy and client to work
It is unreasonable to expect huge and monolithic deliverables to be adequately tested
It is unreasonable to expect waterfall methodologies to work
It is unreasonable to assess performance late in the project and expect an acceptable outcome
How do we overcome these problems
Track Record, Track Record, Track Record
Our own proprietary, tried and tested project methodologies
BES known, skilled, tried and tested development resources
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Heuristic project management of stakeholders, business, functional and technical tiers
KISS and Grow model of delivery – tried and tested in many organisations