January 2015


 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 these two papers is the commentary of proposed solutions to government software project failures. In addition, Jim will talk about the new approach to project resolution. In our second segment, Evan Sorensen will help us develop a sense of hope by seeing the silver lining in all the rain clouds of our lives. Richard Soley will provide the cameo on getting to diverse and competitive team to come to agreement. 

In this show we explore:

  • New approach to calculating project resolutions
  • Solutions to government failures
  • What will not work for government programs
  • Techniques for finding a silver lining
  • Coming to agreement

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Ilias Kontakos

Dr. Ilias Kontakos is a specialist in ICT based regional development. He has been involved in designing strategies and implementing a variety of ICT projects for Central and regional government in Greece. Since 2012, he is operating between Greece, The Netherlands and Belgium as an independent policy and investment advisor, focusing on sectors related to new technology integration in regional development process (e.g. ICT4D) and environment with a view to achieve the highest possible returns.


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.


Hans Mulder

Prof.dr.ing. Hans Mulder MSc BA is Standish European research director and professor at the Antwerp Management School. As the founder of his own company, Venture Informatisering Adviesgroep, he is on the management and executive boards of various IT companies. He is regularly engaged as an IT expert when conflicts between companies need to be resolved in or out of court.


Richard Soley

Richard Soley is chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group, Inc. Dr. Soley is one of the great thought leaders of our time. He is constantly pushing the envelope on standards and technology. A frequent venture angel, Mr. Soley co-founded the Boston CTO Club.


Evan Sorensen

Evan Sorensen is the founder and director of the New England Institute for Marriage and Family Therapy. After earning his MS Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology in 1995, Evan held clinical and executive leadership positions with well-known organizations in California and New Hampshire. Evan is currently an adjunct faculty professor for Providence College and Seminary – Graduate School of Counseling Psychology at the Calgary and Manitoba, Canada campuses.



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.


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