Chapter 14. Saving the Failed or Failing IT Project

Goals of This Chapter

Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to:

• Identify the characteristics of a failing project

• Know what steps to take to save a failing project

• Explain how to revive a failed project

Thomas J. Watson, the founder of IBM said, “If you want to be successful, double your failure rate.” The point he was making is that growth comes from learning from your mistakes. As a human being, you can count on the fact that you will make mistakes. You will have projects that fail. You will be given projects that are failing. You have two choices: you can hang your head and walk away; or you can step back, take a deep breath, and figure out how to pull the project ...

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