Why Projects Fail

How to decide whether a project is a failure

Dr. Stephan Meyer

StephanMeyer.com

Abstract

This chapter takes a closer look at change projects and discusses whether the rumours are true that so many of them are complete failures. In a nutshell, whether a change initiative is considered a ‘success,’ or a ‘failure,’ is mostly dependent on classical project baselines, but also the observer’s perspective and the observer’s expectation. However, these differentiations are often ignored when making blunt statements about change projects.

Why Projects Fail: How to decide whether a project is a failure
Judgement Depends on a Persons Perspective and Expectation

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How to cite this chapter:

APA

Meyer, Stephan (2020). Why Projects Fail: How to decide whether a project is a failure. In T. Endress (Ed.), Digital Project Practice: Managing Innovation and Change (pp.10-23). Hamburg: Tredition.

Chicago

Meyer, Stephan. “Why Projects Fail: How to decide whether a project is a failure.” In Digital Project Practice: Managing Innovation and Change. edited by Tobias Endress, 10-23. Hamburg: Tredition, 2020.

IEEE

S. Meyer, “Why Projects Fail: How to decide whether a project is a failure,” Digital Project Practice: Managing Innovation and Change, Hamburg: Tredition, 2020, pp. 10–23.

MLA

Meyer, Stephan. “Why Projects Fail: How to decide whether a project is a failure.” Digital Project Practice: Managing Innovation and Change, edited by Tobias Endress, Tredition, 2020, pp. 10-23.

MRHA

Stephan Meyer, ‘Why Projects Fail: How to decide whether a project is a failure’, in Digital Project Practice: Managing Innovation and Change, ed. by T. Endress (Hamburg: Tredition, 2020), pp. 10-23.

Turabian

Stephan Meyer, “Why Projects Fail: How to decide whether a project is a failure,” in Digital Project Practice: Managing Innovation and Change, ed. Tobias Endress (Hamburg: Tredition, 2020), 10–23.