Jim Crear

Jim is the chief information officer and architect for The Standish Group International. He is an experienced executive with over 40 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. He has had a diverse career leading IT organizations in academia, biomedical, manufacturing, and software companies.

Podcasts

Absorption Theory

CHAOS Tuesday #89 is titled “Absorption Theory”.  In the introduction Jim Johnson will explain Absorption Theory. In our first session Marc Check, VP of Technology for Rock’N Roll Hall of Fame will tell how he inspires his team and stakeholders. He will provide concert examples for his time of the Boston Museum of Science.  In our second segment Jim Crear… Read more

CRAPOLA

CHAOS Tuesday #81 is titled “CRAPOLA”.  First, Jim Johnson and Harry Scott will review Modernization in Place.  We will consider the benefits of Modernization. Hans Mulder and Jim Johnson will consider design debt. Then Jim Johnson and Jim Crear will discuss the true meaning of CRAPOLA and how understanding the effects of CRAPOLA can lead to true breakthroughs. In our… Read more

Factors of Success

CHAOS Tuesday #77 is titled “Factors of Success”. In this first segment Jim Johnson and Jim Crear will discuss the new CHAOS Factors of Success report. The CHAOS Factors of Success were determined by our new approach to calculating successful, challenged and failed project resolutions.  The new report and our talk discuss why there have been no real improvements in project success for 20 years.… Read more

Faster, Better, Cheaper

CHAOS Tuesday #95 is titled “Faster, Better, Cheaper”.  Our special guest for this show is Dan Ward.  Dan explains why NASA’s Faster, Better, Cheaper is a good idea in face of recent criticism.  You can get all three. Our PM2GO.com contribution is from Niels Groen on not getting blindsided. Ken Schwaber provides the CHAOS Cameo of the watering down of… Read more

Haze

 CHAOS Tuesday #76: is titled “Haze”. In this first segment Jim Johnson, Hans Mulder, Ilias Kontakos and Jim Crear will discuss the two recent research note: “Rethinking the Public Spending on ICT projects” written by Hans Mulder and Ilias Kontakos and “Haze” written by The Standish Group that provides a commentary on the Dutch proposal to reduce government project failures.  The major thrust of… Read more

Incomplete Requirements

CHAOS Tuesday: Conversations in CHAOS – #21: “Are incomplete requirements a big deal? This is the question we debate on CHAOS Tuesday panel September 3, 2013.  Traditional PMI defines requirements gathering as the phase before you move to development.  Many organizations spend months, even years gathering requirements hoping to make them complete and accurate before transitioning to the development phase. In this… Read more

Innovation Center

CHAOS Tuesday #31 is on the concept of the innovation Center developed by The Standish Group. Our guest, David Hall, professional CIO & CTO, outlines the innovation center. The concept of the Innovation Center is for organizations that are burdened by intense governance and high compliance expenses such as financial institutions, regulated industries and government agencies to streamline the process though… Read more

Innovation versus Governance

CHAOS Tuesday: Conversations in CHAOS – #22: The majority of CIOs say governance stifles innovation.  In baseball, you can fail 70 percent of the time and still be considered a strong player.  Ted William 406 (40.6%) in 1941 still stands as the all time average batting record. How can a CIO promote innovation while keeping her or his job? This is the question we… Read more

Kicking the Can

CHAOS Tuesday #82 is titled “Kicking the Can.”  In this session, Jim Crear and Jim Johnson talk about the problems with the MBTA and how years of kicking the can down the road caused their current situation and delayed the future. Jim and Jim will relate this very visible situation to legacy systems that have less visibility. In our second… Read more

Kill Switch

CHAOS Tuesday: Conversations in CHAOS – #23: Kill Switch. This show is all about a project kill switch or a project exit strategy. To help understand exit strategies our guest on this CHAOS Tuesday is Kerri Salls, the founder of This Way Out Group LLC. Most CIOs say it is important to know when to pull the plug on a 3 most important… Read more

M2M of IoT

CHAOS Tuesday #97 is titled “M2M of IoT”.  Our special guest for this show is Richard Mark Soley.  Richard will provide his thoughts on machine to machine protocals for the Internet of Things. Richard talks about the test beds work for the Industrial Internet Consoltium. PM2GO.com contribution is from Albert Soule on overloading the executive sponsor with too much information.… Read more

Managing Expectations

CHAOS Tuesday: Conversations in CHAOS – #24: Managing Expectations. Managing Expectations: Ninety (90%) of CIOs say it is important to very important to manage expectations.  While most think they are somewhat skilled at it, they say there is room for improvement. In this show the CHAOS Team and our special guest, Darren Peirce, CTO of Kalido, a provider of information management software will… Read more

Measuring Scrum

CHAOS Tuesday #96 is titled “Measuring Scrum”.  Our special guest for this show is Ken Schwaber.  Ken will provide his opionion on how executives should be measuring the success of their agile teams. Our PM2GO.com contribution is from Richard Mark Soley on motivation. Robert Cline supplies the CHAOS Cameo on the cost of user acceptance testing (UAT).  In this show we… Read more

Modest Execution

CHAOS Tuesday #87 is titled “Modest Execution”.  Modest Execution is an update to CHAOS Factor of Success. In this session Jim Crear and Jim Johnson will first define Modest Execution. The Jim team will also show what is in Modest Execution and the benefits of Modest Execution.  The Jim team will also discuss why the change from Execution to “Modest… Read more

On Fire: Part 1: Only Count What Counts

Air Force LT. Col, Dan Ward is our special guest for the On Fire series. This program series focuses on issues brought forth in his new book “FIRE: Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant. This show called “On Fire: Only Count What Counts” presents an overview of Dan and his book.  A highlight  is on only counting what counts. In addition to… Read more

On Fire: Part 2: Complexity versus Easy

Air Force LT. Col, Dan Ward is our special guest for the entire On Fire series.  This program series focuses on issues brought forth in his new book “FIRE: Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant.  This show called “On Fire: Complexity versus Easy” presents an in-depth discussion on the difference between things that are complex and things that are easy. In… Read more

On Fire: Part 3: Faster, Better, Cheaper

Air Force LT. Col, Dan Ward is our special guest for the entire On Fire series.  This program series focuses on issues brought forth in his new book “FIRE: Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant.  This show called “On Fire: Faster, Better, Cheaper” presents an in-depth discussion on the NASA’s Faster, Better, Cheaper program.  In addition to Dan, we will have… Read more

On Fire: Part 4: Failure Tolerance

Air Force LT. Col, Dan Ward is our special guest for the entire On Fire series.  This program series focuses on issues brought forth in his new book “FIRE: Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant.  This show called “On Fire: Failure Tolerance presents an in-depth discussion on organizations that have a tolerance and even positive attitude towards project failure. In addition to… Read more

Project Success versus Project Value

CHAOS Tuesday: Conversations in CHAOS – #20: “Which is more important, project success or project value?” It turns out the project success and project value is orthogonal or at right angles to each other. The harder you strive for perfect success the lower your project value.  The harder you strive for greater values the lower the success rate. We know this because we… Read more

Selling Agile

CHAOS Tuesday #33 is on Selling Agile. We have talked a lot about agile in many of the CHAOS Tuesday programs.  We have had several guests and subjects on agile such as retrospectives, quality, value, and collaboration.  Now what if you decide you need to move to agile. You need to sell agile to your management to get approval and to your peers in… Read more

Small Projects

CHAOS Tuesday #75: is titled “Small Projects”.  In this first segment Jim Johnson and Jim Crear will discuss the merits and benefits of small projects.  The Standish team will show how to break up large software projects into small deliverables.  In this segment for the first time we will discuss the advantages of taking a break or project time out.  In the second segment Dave Bicknell, Tony… Read more

Software in 30-Days

CHAOS Tuesday #32 is on how agile software development creates value. Our guest is Ken Schwaber, Founder and President of Scrum Org. Ken is the co-author of Software in 30-Days. Ken talks about his book and tells why developing software fast increases value. Agile methods, including Scrum, focus on delivering software products quickly thus improving the return on value.  Agile methods… Read more

Standard Architectural Environment

CHAOS Tuesday #84 is titled “Standard Architectural Environment”.  The Standard Architectural Environment is a new CHAOS Factor of Success. In this session Jim Crear and Jim Johnson discuss why the change from “Tools and Infrastructure” to a Standard Architectural Environment. In our second segment Thornton May will discuss what a CEO wants in their CIO. Thornton May will also provide a… Read more

Standard Infrastructure

CHAOS Tuesday: Conversations in CHAOS – #30: Standish research shows that a majority of IT organizations have or are moving to a standard infrastructure. In this show the CHAOS Team and our special guest, Bill Niemi, discuss standard infrastructure. Standard Infrastructure: Having the same set of IT components throughout the organization. You may have multiple sets of components for different types of… Read more

Strategic Project Office

CHAOS Tuesday: Conversations in CHAOS – #18: Most project management offices (PMO) breakdown into two categories: process control and education.  Very few PMOs are strategic to the business. In this broadcast we have the CHAOS Team and Jim Kneeland, Executive Program Director for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, RMV Division discuss the features and benefits of a Strategic Project Office. While working… Read more

Success Redefined

February 3: CHAOS Tuesday #78 is titled “Success Redefined”. In this first segment Jim Johnson and Jim Crear will discuss the new way The Standish Group is redifining success. The Standish Group has redefined project success as onTime, onBudget with a satisfactory result. Success is hard to define and we had a hard time coming to this conclusion.  Merriam-Webster dictionary… Read more

Sustainable Innovation

CHAOS Tuesday: Conversations in CHAOS – #26 Sustainable Innovation: Download this show from our new website:chaostuesday.com Sustainable innovation is process for supporting continuous innovation. Sustainable innovation is generating and validating ideas in a repeatable and predictable way. Innovation can be systematized to bring to idea generation, research, problem solving, market and technology advancements. In this show the CHAOS Team and our special guest, Joseph Raynus, industry consulting,… Read more

Team Building Part 1

CHAOS Tuesday #35 is all about team building. Our guest for this show is David Sturman is an experienced software developer and CTO with proventrackrecord of building solid teams.  In this show we cover building a team. How to create the right chemistry and dealing with members that disrupt this chemistry.  The show does a book review on “The Five Dysfunctions… Read more

Team Building Part 2

CHAOS Tuesday #36 is team building part 2. No one can be successful without an organized, skilled, cooperative, and congenial team. Like a quarterback in football, you can do nothing without the front line for protection, a great running back to push through those holes in the defense, and great receivers to catch the play action pass or a long bomb. Each… Read more

The Good PM

CHAOS Tuesday #94 is titled “The Good PM”.  Our special guest for this show is Jim Kneeland. Mr. Kneeland will provide his opinion of what makes a good project manager. Our PM2GO.com contribution is by Jon M Quigley on tools & transparency. Dan Ward supplies the CHAOS Cameo on innovation. In this show we explore: What makes a good PM Tools &… Read more

True Cost of a Project

CHAOS Tuesday #34: We are going to discuss the true cost of a project. Last year we published an advisory on the true cost of a project.  In this research and report we saw that hidden costs were 50% or more of the budgeted costs.  Hidden costs included executive time, user time, education & training, user acceptance testing, and even cost… Read more

Trump Cards

CHAOS Tuesday #85 is titled “Trump Cards”.  The Trump Cards is the combination of the agile process and small projects.  In this session Jim Crear and Jim Johnson will first define Trump Cards.  The Jim team will also discuss the benefits of the Trump Cards and how to use them to create a winning hand.  In our second segment Lee… Read more

Trustworthy Vendors

CHAOS Tuesday #58: is titled “Trustworthy Vendors”.  We have two panels debating the issue of Trustworthy Vendors. On our first panel is my co-host Jim Crear. Our three guests are Michael Blanford, Bill Niemi, and Robert Cline.  Our second panel is made up of Marilyn Smith, Dan Horsey and Gene Bounds. A trustworthy vendor is an organization that you can… Read more

User Acceptance Testing

CHAOS Tuesday: Conversations in CHAOS – #29: Our CIOs panel, Jim Crear, Bob Kelley and Bill Niemi discuss user acceptance testing (UAT) and general QA.  In most cases UAT involves the users physically testing and reporting back on the results of a new application or a major upgrade to an existing application. Other than the users there are three major groups that… Read more

Why Large Projects Fail Part 1

CHAOS Tuesday #38 is the first part of our series on why large projects fail.Our special guest for this program is Michael O’Brochta. Mr. O’Brochta was the original “Q” for the CIA. Michael discusses his major takeaways from the BigBang Boom paper such as users’ involvement and the iterative process.  He relates strong project management and projects to a new NPAC. .  In… Read more

Why Large Projects Fail Part 2

CHAOS Tuesday #39 is the second part of our series on why large projects fail. Our special guests are Dave Bicknell & Tony Collins authors of Crash: Ten Easy Ways to Avoid a Computer Disaster. Dave and Tony relate some of the UK projects, such as the London Stock Exchange and the Universal Credit projects to the possibility of a new… Read more

Why Large Projects Fail Part 3

CHAOS Tuesday #40 is the third part of our series on why large projects fail. Our special guest is Dick LeFave. Dick LeFave is an experienced Telecom CIO. This show highlights the experiences Dick had during the first NPAC projects and other large projects. Dick encourages the need for continuous Innovation in the telecom industry and how NPAC is a platform for Innovation.… Read more

Why Large Projects Fail Part 4

CHAOS Tuesday #41 is the fourth part of our series on why large projects fail.  Our special guests are Marilyn Smith and Gene Bounds.  Marilyn Smith is the CIO for George Mason University.  Gene Bounds is the CEO of Bounds Associates.  One of the major highlights of this show is the comments on the inspiring executive sponsor. How this type of executive… Read more

Why Large Projects Fail Part 5

CHAOS Tuesday #42: is the fifth part of our series on why large projects fail. Hans Mulder, Patrick Thibodeau and Frans Verstreken are our special guests.  The group discusses common traits of large project failures from their experiences.  Lost opportunities and motivations from large project failures. We hear about Examples of large project failures. In this program we explore: Common traits of… Read more

Why Large Projects Fail Part 6

CHAOS Tuesday #43: is the sixth part of our series on why large projects fail. Bill Niemi and Robert Cline are our special guests. Both Bill and Robert are CHAOS University Alumni. The pair discusses the challenges of implementing a solution into a diverse set of constituents. The pair also talks about how a large project can stifle innovation. In this… Read more

Why Large Projects Fail Part 7

CHAOS Tuesday #44: Our special guests are Bob Kelley and Michael Blanford.  Bob and Michael focused on what is in it for the users and the organizations.  Making decision based on firms dates and cost controls. Preserving the user experience during a major transition, Both Bob and Michael related projects similar to a new NPAC. In this program we explore: What is… Read more

Why Large Projects Fail Part 8

CHAOS Tuesday #45: is the eighth part of our series on why large projects fail. Ellen Hancock is our special guest. Ellen and Jim discuss common traits of project failure.  A highlight of the show is the discussion on measuring a portfolio of projects and products rather than individual projects.  Ellen talks about some of the events at IBM, Rolm, Apple and Exodus.… Read more

Without Process

CHAOS Tuesday #98 is titled “Without Process”.  Our special guest for this show is Ellen Hancock. Ellen will provide her thoughts on emotional maturity skills.  PM2GO.com contribution is from Herb Cohen on how to say "No”.  Ken Schwaber supplies the CHAOS Cameo on his thoughts on value versus success. In this show we will explore: Emotional Maturity How to say “No” Value versus… Read more

healthcare.gov

CHAOS Tuesday #27: Special Edition of healthcare.gov. “Any one who has written a line of code or built a system from the ground-up cannot be surprised -- or even mildly concerned -- that Healthcare.gov (Obamacare) did not work out of the gate,” says Jim Johnson, Chairman of The Standish Group International, and world-famous research expert on information systems project management. “In fact, when… Read more

“F-35" Project

CHAOS Tuesday #99 is titled “F-35" Project.  Our special guest for this show is Dan Ward. Dan is the author of FIRE: Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant. Dan will provide his thoughts on the F35. PM2GO.com contribution is Jennifer Lynch book review of “What Matters Now”. Lon Allen supplies the CHAOS Cameo on his thoughts on clarity of purpose. In this… Read more

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