February 2015

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 defines success as the fact of getting or achieving wealth: respect or fame: the correct or desired result of an attempt. The more common way is onTime, onBudget, and onTarget also known as the Triple Constraints and the Iron Triangle.  However, we have seen many projects that have met the Triple Constraints and did not return value to the organization or the users and executive sponsor were unsatisfied. In our second segment, Lee Gesmer will enlighten us on the two Supreme Count decisions Octane and Highmark which allows courts to award attorney’s fees for patent litigation to the prevailing party.  The book review this week is “How We Decide”. Darren Peirce will provide the cameo with most important things in managing expectations.    

In this show we explore:

  • onTime, onBudget with a satisfactory result
  • onTime, onBudget, and onTarget
  • How We Decide
  • In Patent Cases: You lose you pay
  • Managing expectations

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Lee Gesmer

Lee Gesmer is a founding partner of the Boston law firm Gesmer Updegrove LLP. The firm, which employees 50 lawyers and support staff, was formed in 1986. Since then it has become one of New England’s leading technology law firms, representing hundreds of institutions ranging from large organizations, such as Harvard University, The Linux Foundation and ThermoFisher Scientific, to hundreds of small and mid-sized emerging companies.


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.


Darren Peirce

Darren Peirce is the CTO of Kalido, a provider of information management software. Kalido enables companies to manage data as a shared enterprise asset by supporting the business process of data management. Prior to Kalido, Darren was Senior Consultant at Shell Oil Company were he led the requirements, design and deployment of multiple large information management solutions within the lines of business of the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies.



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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