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The percentage of IT projects that fail is embarrassing to those in the IT industry! Project managers need to get their act together to ensure that their projects run smoothly, all lines of communication are open, and they have the backing of the stakeholders and upper management. But do PMs have the skills they need to keep a project afloat?

This quick career guide book is meant to provide you with 10 real world IT project examples, why they failed, and lessons learned for each one. It will provide you with key points on the following concepts related to IT projects:

  • Requirements
  • Business case
  • Planning reasons
  • Execution factors
  • Business factors
  • Political factors
  • Technical factors

If you are a project manager, aspiring to be one, or just an adult continuing your education in the field of business and IT project management, then you need to listen to this book and learn from other failed IT projects how you can overcome these types of failures and be a successful IT project manager.

©2015 Natalie Disque (P)2015 Natalie Disque

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  • Elsa Braun
  • Burlington, WI, United States
  • 10-12-16

Hodgepodge of information often unrelated to a specific IT project failure scenario.

Jarringly inconsistent. The 90 minute book starts with a long introduction that is not informative. Next, the author covers a number of failed IT projects, which are fascinating topics and should make for a fascinating book. However, the author focuses on minor details while scrimping on information about project background, goals, personnel and what led up to the failure. Most disconcerting were the inaccuracies. Example: Bitcoin was a failed project because the project manager took drugs as trade for the original collection of bitcoin. A more standard explanation is that bitcoin is an experiment in a decentralized digital currency based on blockchain technology, that if successful, could become a disruptive technology. The originator of bitcoin is unknown and his/her identity is one of the Internet's great mysteries. The book ends with a bunch of project management rules. I found these unwelcome because I have several excellent books devoted to project management and project management rules.

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Very informative!

This is a great resource for someone moving into the project management arena or a great review for those who have been in the business and have seen project failures from time to time. I would definitely recommend it!