Despite the best efforts of project managers, software engineers, and network administrators, many IT projects simply don’t end successfully. Maybe the technical requirements weren’t detailed enough, or perhaps the support from management and the business stakeholders didn’t meet expectations? Understanding the ultimate reasons for any project failure is important to ensure those same mistakes don’t hamper the success of subsequent efforts.


With an eye towards successful project outcomes in the future, here are a few of the top reasons why IT projects fail. Consider these insights before your next technical initiative. Good luck!


Despite Agile and DevOps, Technology Projects still fail


There’s no denying that Agile, DevOps, and other modern IT methodologies have improved the rate and efficiency of software development. Many companies are able to leverage Continuous Deployment as a competitive advantage when it comes to their application infrastructure. Still, technology projects are still subject to failure.


The reasons for these failures are numerous and speak to some of the same problems that have impacted enterprise software development for decades. For example, management might serve in the stakeholder role on a project, but if the end-user community isn’t involved throughout the entire process, its ultimate success is at risk. Chris McMasters, the CIO for the City of Corona, CA, describes a similar scenario he encountered at a previous employer.


“We thought we had all the [necessary] buy-in and knew what the outcome was supposed to be, but we got to project end and the sales force didn’t want it. There was an extreme amount of resistance. Top management was on board, but there was some distrust among the users,” said McMasters.


Other Significant Causes of IT Project Failure


McMasters’ failed project was largely due to employee resistance, which ranked as one of the top reasons technology initiatives fail according to a study from the Project Management Institute (PMI). The top reason was “a lack of clearly defined and/or achievable milestones and objectives to measure progress,” noted by 37 percent of the 3,000 surveyed project management professionals. Other common reasons included the lack of communication from senior management and insufficient funding.


While Agile and DevOps allow software teams to produce better code more quickly, if an application doesn’t ultimately meet the needs of the business or client, a project can’t be labeled as a success.


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