April 2014

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. In this program we explore:

  • Common traits of large project failures
  • Portfolio Management versus project management
  • Investing in Innovation
  • Understanding different cultures
  • Getting really good at something

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Ellen Hancock

Ellen Hancock is an experience senior executive having served as Chief Executive Officer of Exodus Communications, Inc. Chief Technology Officer of Apple Computer, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of National Semiconductor Corporation. Mrs. Hancock worked at IBM for almost 30 years rising to the level of president and general manager of IBM’s Communication Products Division. Ellen is currently on the board of directors for several Fortune 500 and higher-level educational organizations.


Mark Bregman

Mark Bregman is the CTO for Neustar. Mark has worked in the Tech industry for 20 years. He has managed technology research, semicondutor R&D and manufacturing, Unix systems development, manufacturing, marketing and sales, and various software businesses.



Jim Johnson

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 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.


Dan Horsey

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.


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