Introduction—Challenges Today

Projects throughout the world are challenged. Think of your own projects. What percentage were completed on time, on budget, and with the anticipated scope? What percentage never made it to the finish line to land in the big project junk pile in the sky? Organizations such as Gartner and the Standish Group provide statistics each year that tell the same story. The fact is only 39 percent of projects today are completed successfully.

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Figure 1 Project Resolution Results from CHAOS Research Years 2004 to 2012. The Standish Group

The statistics on project success have not significantly changed in the past 10 years, ...

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