News Archive

Haze Project

Jan 12, 2015

The Standish Group is launching a new initiative called the “Haze” project.   The Haze Project starts with a series of reports and posts.  The next steps are workshops to dig down deeper to find real solutions that will provide value to government software projects.  The current activities can be found on the Haze webpage: http://www.standishgroup.com/haze

These activities and reports include:

Haze in Thinking: is a blog post three papers of government projects. 

Haze report adds value to “Rethinking the Public Spending on ICT projects” report.  The report considers the current state of software developed and innovation as a comparison to the current state of government projects.

Rethinking the Public Spending on ICT projects report was written by Hans Mulder and Ilias Kontakos.  The focus of this serious report is a commentary on the findings of the Dutch temporary committee on government ICT projects.

Conclusions and recommendations of the Dutch temporary committee on government ICT projects.

 If you have any questions or wish to provide feedback, please contact us using the Tell Me form on our website. 

CHAOS Report 2014

Dec 4, 2014

Twenty-one years ago we published the “CHAOS Report”. Every year since we have published a variant of the original CHAOS Report, but never calling it the CHAOS Report.  We have called new CHAOS reports: CHAOS Rising, Extreme CHAOS, CHAOS Chronicle, CHAOS: A Recipe for Success CHAOS Manifesto, and CHAOS Knowledge Center.  That changes now and this year we are publishing a new traditional CHAOS Report.  The title of the new traditional report is CHAOS Report: Twentieth First Anniversary Edition.  We also plan to publish a new CHAOS report each year. Each CHAOS Report has the latest CHAOS numbers and information. Each report presents the12 most important charts from the CHAOS research.  The 12 charts are:

  • Chart 1 CHAOS Resolution for All Projects
  • Chart 2 Cost, Time, and Target
  • Chart 3 Project Size by CHAOS Resolution
  • Chart 4 CHAOS Resolution by Project Size
  • Chart 5 CHAOS Resolution by Industry
  • Chart 6 CHAOS Resolution by Area of the World
  • Chart 7 CHAOS Resolution by Project Type
  • Chart 8 CHAOS Resolution by Agile versus Waterfall
  • Chart 9 CHAOS Resolution by Complexity
  • Chart 10 CHAOS Resolution by Goal
  • Chart 11 CHAOS Resolution by Capability
  • Chart 12 CHAOS Factors of Success

The new CHAOS report: Twentieth First Anniversary Edition is available to members in our report sections of our new website and available to non-members in our store

New Membership Options

Nov 10, 2014

The Standish Group is offering four types of membership to our research on project performance. 

Report Only Membership is perfect for the casual researcher or a passive library. The Report Only Membership offers a convenient and economical way to get access to the latest Standish research reports. The Standish Group produces one new or updated research report per month including a yearly CHAOS Manifesto, CHAOS Report, Modernization in Place, and nine other new and updated research reports. Please see list of reports for 2015.

Professional Membership is perfect for the adept researcher or active library. Professional Membership provides access to the Standish Group Member research website. The Member research website has three major parts: research reports, SURF database, and CHAOS Knowledge Center. The Professional Membership includes 12 hours of virtual research and advice.

Skills Appraisals Membership is perfect for the Project Management Office (PMO). The Skills Appraisals Membership provides a platform for the monthly meeting to run internal workshops. Membership includes all things needed to create and execute 11 workshops with up to 10 people in each session. The membership includes a detailed instruction manual with suggested meeting format, agendas, meeting tips, and questions.

Resolution Benchmark Membership is perfect for IT executive management that wants to measure the organization against 1,000 other organizations. Resolution Benchmark measures your closed projects against our CHAOS Database. Your projects are profiled and segmented by industry, project size, organization size, methodology, types, geographic area, skill levels, and other attributes. Resolution Benchmark measures the six success metrics (individually and in combination): on time, on budget, on target, on goal, valuable, and customer satisfaction.

 

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CHAOS Manifesto 2014

Nov 5, 2014

This week we officially released the CHAOS Manifesto 2014: Value versus Success & orthogonal. This CHAOS Manifesto is unlike previous CHAOS Manifestos. It is not just a subset of the online version of the CHAOS Chronicles, known as the CHAOS Knowledge Center (CKC). Rather, CHAOS Manifesto 2014 offers an orthogonal view of the CHAOS Knowledge Center and focuses on project value versus project success. The Standish Group is very excited about changing the conversation from success to value. While the last 21 years CHAOS research successful project as on time, on budget, and on target, also known as the “triple constraints” or the “iron triangle.”

For the last five years, however, we have also been studying a parallel track that turns out to be orthogonal to success. Rather than measure projects by the expected triple constraints (cost, time, and quality) we came up with a value measurement system. We have learned that much of what we do to ensure a successful project outcome is counter to creating value from your project investments. This is called the Success versus Value Orthogonal. In the report we show a graphic of a compass with relationship between value, success, failure and worthless.  Value is at the top of the compass (north) and success is at the right side of the compass (east) or 90 degrees from value.  This is the meaning of orthogonal.

CHAOS Manifesto 2014 details why success is often in conflict with true value, and describes a better way to increase the value of your project investments. In this value-based approach to project management we recommend SAFE projects, not because they are without risk (and some will fail, but that’s OK), but because they are simple, absorbent, fast, and economical.  As part of our Value-based PM approach, CHAOS Manifesto 2014 highlights 20 “rules” based on the Success versus Value Orthogonal. In CHAOS Manifesto 2014 we are exploring other measurements of project success to consider value and other metrics. We have spent the last several months coding our CHAOS database with these new metrics.

The current CHAOS database is coded with the following attributes: on time, on budget, on target (% requirements), and satisfied (very high to very low). We already coded the database with value (very high to very low) and how closely it meets the strategic corporate goal (precise to distant). The CHAOS Manifesto 2014 includes the Success Value Comparison Table. The Success Value Comparison Table compares the success driven approach against the value driven approach.   Some of the key attributes are scope of measurement, how they are managed, compliance/governance, budget process, project types, and project mix.

Members can download the CHAOS Manifesto 2014: Value versus Success & orthogonal in the report section of the new website. Non-members can purchase the report in our store

Last CHAOS Activity Newsletter

Nov 1, 2014

Yesterday we e-mailed our last CHAOS Activity Newsletter.  We published the CHAOS Activity Newsletter for almost a decade. The CHAOS Activity News is now a section on our new website.  We will update the CHAOS Activity News page every weekday.  The Monthly editorials that were part of the CHAOS Activity News have been replaced by weekly editorials in the cafe CHAOS. Daily mini blogs are issued from PM2GO and the latest five are currently listed and linked on the CHAOS Activity News page.  The CHAOS Activity News page also has the latest CHAOS Tuesday program. Upcoming CHAOS Tuesday programs and other events are listed on the Events page. If have any comments or suggestions for improvement please either use the Tell Me Link or e-mail Jennifer Lynch @ Jennifer@standishgroup.com

We just launched our new website. The new website is totally new outside and inside.  Outside we have new graphics, a new video, and new links to our various services such as Cafe CHAOSCHAOS TuesdayPM2GO and Dezider.   We have a new sample research page without the need to register.   On this page we will display a few sample reports that reflect the types of reports and services within the various Standish memberships. You can add yourself to our mailing list to get news and announcements.  You can also become a Standish member by going to our store and buying a membership.  The store also has some special individual reports.

Inside, the new website is streamlined for you to be able to find things quicker. For example we have created a new improved dashboard.  The dashboard has six quick links:

1.    Charts:  This link brings you to the current 12 most important CHAOS charts including project resolution by size, industry, project type, current factors of success and agile versus waterfall resolutions.

2.    Reports:  The new report section displays the 12 most current and important research reports.  These reports include the current CHAOS Manifesto, CHAOS research, Factors of success, and other software project research reports.  The Standish Group, with this new website is focused more on providing one new or updated report per month.

3.    SURF Database:  We have taken the 20 most popular and important project management questions from the DARTS and other research data to create a dynamic database.  Members can query the database by selecting on any question items and selected analysis.  Currently the link is grayed out because we are still collecting our initial surveys.

4.    CHAOS Knowledge Center:  This link brings you to the various services within the Knowledge Center, such as case studies, checklists, book reviews and commentaries.  You can also get to the Best Practices and How Tos through this link.

5.    Best Practice: This link brings you to the 100 best practices segmented by the CHAOS Factors of Success. Each best practice has three elements for a total of 300 elements. You can also get to the Best Practices through the CHAOS Knowledge Center link.

6.    How Tos: This link brings you to the 100 How Tos to implement the best practices also segmented by the CHAOS Factors of Success. Each How To has four suggestions for a total of 400. You can also get to the How Tos through the CHAOS Knowledge Center link.

The website is designed to be more mobile friendly and easy to navigate.  At Standish Group our main focus is to provide you, our customer, with the latest in innovative thinking and publishing its results. We hope this new website design and its contents will do that. Your opinions are important to us. Please let us know what you think by going to the “Tell Me” section. 

New Website

Oct 26, 2014

Today we are launching our new website. The new website is totally new outside and inside.  Outside we have new graphics, a new video, and new links to our various services such as Cafe CHAOS, CHAOS Tuesday, PM2GO and Dezider.   We have a new sample research page without the need to register.   On this page we will display a few sample reports that reflect the types of reports and services within the various Standish memberships. You can add yourself to our mailing list to get news and announcements.  You can also become a Standish member by going to our store and buying a membership.  The store also has some special individual reports.

Inside, the new website is streamlined for you to be able to find things quicker. For example we have created a new improved dashboard.  The dashboard has six quick links:

1.    Charts:  This link brings you to the current 12 most important CHAOS charts including project resolution by size, industry, project type, current factors of success and agile versus waterfall resolutions.

2.    Reports:  The new report section displays the 12 most current and important research reports.  These reports include the current CHAOS Manifesto, CHAOS research, Factors of success, and other software project research reports.  The Standish Group, with this new website is focused more on providing one new or updated report per month.

3.    SURF Database:  We have taken the 20 most popular and important project management questions from the DARTS and other research data to create a dynamic database.  Members can query the database by selecting on any question items and selected analysis.  Currently the link is grayed out because we are still collecting our initial surveys.

4.    CHAOS Knowledge Center:  This link brings you to the various services within the Knowledge Center, such as case studies, checklists, book reviews and commentaries.  You can also get to the Best Practices and How Tos through this link.

5.    Best Practice: This link brings you to the 100 best practices segmented by the CHAOS Factors of Success. Each best practice has three elements for a total of 300 elements. You can also get to the Best Practices through the CHAOS Knowledge Center link.

6.    How Tos: This link brings you to the 100 How Tos to implement the best practices also segmented by the CHAOS Factors of Success. Each How To has four suggestions for a total of 400. You can also get to the How Tos through the CHAOS Knowledge Center link.

The website is designed to be more mobile friendly and easy to navigate.  At Standish Group our main focus is to provide you, our customer, with the latest in innovative thinking and publishing its results. We hope this new website design and its contents will do that. Your opinions are important to us. Please let us know what you think by going to the “Tell Me” section. 

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