I began to use a new tool to make mind maps (ExamTime) and I think it's a good idea to share some of my readings from my master's degree in my blog. Like all things, everything starts at the beginning. This comes from the first chapter of the book "Information Technology and Project Management" by Jack T. Marchewka. In this chapter, the author gives an introduction of project management principles and explains the difference between standard projects and informations technology projects. What I find amazing is the rate of failure of the IT projects. Only 9% of large projects succeed! Small projects are more successful, but only for 28% of the projects. That is not interesting for the investors. Besides, the projects of the study normally take more time and more budget than what was planned. In any case, maybe the project's initiators are expecting too much and demanding things that are impossible to do with the resources that they have. It's not uncommon, one of my old clients sometimes asked for things that were illogical, like managing the social media interventions automatically with a free tool for a business that is supposed to charge millions to his clients. My point is, nothing is for free, everything asks for an effort. If you don't have the resources, or you don't have a plan, or you don't have the money, you don't have nothing. It's that simple.
You will find in the window below a summary to the chapter. It's not perfect, but that gives you and idea of what's in chapter 1. The chapter begins with a report, the CHAOS report, that explain why the projects fail, mainly because there is a lack of support and lack of comprehension of the needs of the client. After that the author shows the Project Management Life Cycle and shows the difference between a Project for Information Technology and a conventional project.