January 2015

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. Jim and Jim will also talk about good and poor project investment decisions. In our second segment, Jim Johnson and Lee Cunningham discuss agile success and value. Thornton May provides the cameo on innovation.

In this show we explore:

  • Factors of Success Report
  • How the Factors of Success were determined
  • Project investment decisions
  • Agile success & value
  • Innovation Cameo

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Lee Cunningham

Lee Cunningham is the Director of Enterprise Agile Enablement at VersionOne. He works with senior organizational leaders around the globe, assisting them in developing business agility through alignment of all parts of the enterprise. He believes it is necessary for people to enjoy their work in order to consistently deliver high-value, high-quality products and services, and he derives great satisfaction in helping them do so.


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.


Thornton May

Thornton May is a futurist, educator, anthropologist and author. May is the author of The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics. He leads the IT Leadership Academy, and FutureScapes Advisors, Inc. Thornton combines empirical research and insightfulness in pattern recognition with gift for storytelling to address the information technology management problems facing executives.



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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