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Project Critical Success Factors

by Jessica Keyes

This chapter examines project critical success factors. Topics highlighted include managing people, dealing with politics, and managing for disaster.

Just What's Critical to Project Success
Quite a few things can go wrong with software development. McConnell (1996) neatly categorized these, as shown in Table 5.1. Hyvari (2006) provides a different spin on this, as shown in Table 5.2.

A wide variety of management considerations, such as project scope, scheduling, risk, tracking, estimation, etc., can "make or break" a project. We usually call these considerations critical success factors. There is a diversity of opinions on what drives project success. The Standish Group's "top ten" reasons include the following:

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Measuring and Improving Performance: Information Technology Applications in Lean Systems
From Leading IT Projects: The IT Manager's Guide by Jessica Keyes. Auerbach Publications, 2009.

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