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 this program we explore:
- Executive sponsorship
- User Involvement
- Iterative development
- Project management skills
- Vendor partnerships
Michael O’Brochta is the President of Zozer inc. Zozer provides project management consulting expertise to leading organizations. For over 30 years O’Brochta worked at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) building and managing gadget projects to help their spies. Michael is an avid proponent of the project management profession. O’Brochta works tirelessly in advancing the knowledge and capability of the project management industry.
Steve Edwards is a senior vice president of Carrier Services at Neustar. Steve has over 25 years experience in the global Telecoms and High-Tech industry including start-up ventures and multi-national corporations. Steve has significant experience in business operations, product management, business development and corporate/strategic marketing.
Jim Johnson is the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 40 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on project performance and early recognizing technology trends. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through case-based analytical technology.
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.
Dan Horsey is a senior information technology executive. His expertise includes project management, software design and development. His skilled in networks, distributed processing, enterprise Architecture and technology strategy. He also has experience in marketing strategy, and business/technology alignment. Dan has held senior positions are the IRS, Bureau of National Affairs and Thomson Corp.