- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (February 23, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1435456440
- ISBN-13: 978-1435456440
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Simon's book offers practical advice on why IT projects run late, over-budget, and do not achieve planned results. The framework is clear and the examples compelling, making this book a manifesto for success." -Michael Krigsman - CEO of Asuret, Inc., and ZDNet Blogger on IT Project Failures
"Projects are multidimensional. They're technical, political, financial, personal, emotional, logistical, and more. Great project leaders anticipate these dimensions before the project begins. Read Phil's book to recognize the pitfalls and minimize their impact on your organization and your career. You can't work the plan until you've really planned the work" - Brian Sommer, founder of TechVentive and Vital Analysis
"Simon's book honestly portrays the many small, but crucial, aspects of system failures that too many people in the industry don't want to admit." - Jim Harris, Founder of OCDQBlog, independent consultant, speaker, and writer.
"A good read and as insightful as any I have read about enterprise software project management and the obstacles to success." - David F. Carr, independent journalist and former writer for Baseline Magazine
About the Author
Phil Simon is a frequent keynote speaker and recognized technology authority. He is the award-winning author of eight management books, most recently Analytics: The Agile Way. He consults organizations on matters related to communications, strategy, data, and technology. His contributions have been featured on The Harvard Business Review, CNN, Wired, NBC, CNBC, Inc. Magazine, BusinessWeek, The Huffington Post, Quartz, The New York Times, Fox News, and many other sites. In the fall of 2016, he joined the faculty at Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business.
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Top Customer Reviews
Due to the natural human tendency to hide bad news, the real statistic is most likely higher.
This is a catastrophic and as an industry we are failing at our jobs.
As defined by CIO.COM Projects fail when they do not meet the following criteria for success:
* On time delivery
* Delivery within the budget
* The product/system does what it was designed to do
Very few projects achieve all three.
Many more are delivered which fail on one or more of these criteria, and a substantial number are cancelled having totally imploded.
So what are the key factors for success?
Organizations and individuals have studied a number of projects that have both succeeded and failed and some common factors emerge.
A key finding is that there is no one overriding factor that causes project failure. A number of factors are involved in any particular project failure, some of which interact with each other.
In Phil Simons' Why New Systems Fail you will get an insider's look into the nuts and bolts of why systems tank, how budgets are blown clear out of sight and what could have been done to prevent such common pitfalls. As a consultant with well over 30 clients and 10 years in the corporate environment Phil has first-hand accounts of not only the top three project killers but a view from the trenches of political, emotional, logistical, and financial reasons that commonly contribute to system failures.
In just a few pages into Simon's book and I was able to quickly relate the scenarios to projects I have been involved with and draw parallel to the outcomes.
It is with confidence that I suggest Why New Systems Fail be required reading on the bookshelf of any project management professional.
Systems Storage Architect, IBM-TSM
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In my opinion this really is an outstanding book. It is one of the most useful I've come across in all my years in the business. It is written in a conversational style, not loaded with jargon for the sake of jargon and the author uses real-world examples to illustrate his points. It offers valuable insights, advice and tips.
I can't recommend it highly enough. Of course I may update this review based on how the implementation goes :)
If you are responsible for the success of an implementation and need a sanity check, this book will give it to you—and will give you a few laughs in the process.
If you’re an executive or stakeholder and have some decisions to make regarding a coming project or program, even better.