Mission Impossible? Exploring the Limits of Managing Large IT Projects and Ways to Cross the Line

dc.contributor.author Winter, Robert
dc.contributor.author Rohner, Peter
dc.contributor.author Kiselev, Caroline
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-03T00:48:52Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-03T00:48:52Z
dc.date.issued 2019-01-08
dc.description.abstract For decades much effort has been made to improve project management capabilities. Still, the failure rate remains high, especially for large IT projects. Our postmortem analysis of 15 large IT projects of the Swiss Federal Administration, with an accumulated loss of one billion U.S. dollars, shows that while project management deficits account for some of the failures, project failure is primarily caused by poor project governance capabilities. Based on insights gained from the initial failure analysis, the Swiss Federal Government decided to assess all its large IT projects based on our co-designed framework. Meanwhile, also private companies have assessed IT projects applying our framework. As a consequence, valuable discussions and measures have been initiated and sporadically projects were stopped. The data gained by these assessments will allow to identify patterns that promise to be a reference for governance actors and bodies what information to ask for, when to intervene, and how.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2019.768
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-2-6
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/60073
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Practice-based IS Research
dc.subject Organizational Systems and Technology
dc.subject IT Project Management, IT Project Governance, IT Project Failure Analysis, IT Project Assessment, Large IT Projects
dc.title Mission Impossible? Exploring the Limits of Managing Large IT Projects and Ways to Cross the Line
dc.type Conference Paper
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