Sample Research

The Standish Group is focused on our Value Portfolio Optimization and Management Service. This service provides for on-going management and optimization for software project portfolios.  In addition, The Standish Group offers a Single Project Appraisal Service and Modernization Project Appraisal Service. These services rely heavily on a platform of our extensive research database. This primary research database has over 50,000 detailed projects covering 1,000 organizations.  The Standish Group also maintains several skills and practice databases for skills assessments, report development and advisory engagements.  The Standish Group provides member services of special research reports and assessments.  This sample research offering provides insight into these benchmarks and assessments services, plus special research reports. 


Featured Report

Factors of Value

Factors of Value Research Report: outlines the Top Ten attributes that return the highest value of IT projects and investments. The report considers the top 10 percent of the organizations measured by project value and their skill levels for the 10 CHAOS Factors of Value. In this report we present the definitions of each of the Factors of Value.  The report also provides guidelines to improve the value of project investments. Note: This report is only available FREE to qualified IT executives.  Access to the report requires a code provided at the end of the Factors of Value Video.  Please watch the video to get the access code. Vendors, consultants, and all others must join our membership

Project Benchmark Report

Our Project Benchmark is perfect to measure your organization against 1,000 other organizations. Our 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. Our benchmark measures the six success metrics (individually and in combination): on time, on budget, on target, on goal, valuable, and customer satisfaction. Our benchmarks provide great insight into your organization.  Our benchmarks are convenient, rewarding, and economical. 

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Good Sponsor Agenda

The Agenda for the Good Sponsor Roundtable taking place in Boston on April 25th and 26th. The Good Sponsor Roundtable will provide you with high quality sessions in Boston, Massachusetts in which you will participate with well-informed and ambitious peers in a learning process aimed at accelerating your and your organization’s understanding of the skills needed to be a good project sponsor. By engaging in The Good Sponsor Roundtable you will discover how to:

·               Overcome the executive ego barrier to improvement

·               Discover the most important sponsor weakness

·               How to improve the most important sponsor weakness

·               Improve the general sponsor skills through our unique exercises

·               How to rank and benchmark your sponsors

·               How to help your sponsors move up in the rankings

Investments in improving the skills of the project owner or sponsor will have exponentially return versus other project improvement activities that show only minor to marginally improvement.  When participants write a short essay in which they reflect on their learning process during the roundtable, they will receive a certificate from Antwerp Management School.

My Life is Failure

100 Things You Should Know to Be a Successful Project Leader. My Life in Failure is a summation of over two decades of work on project failure. The Standish Group has been collecting case information on real-life IT environments and software development projects since 1985. Standish's cumulative research encompasses 20 years of data on why projects succeed or fail, representing more that 50,000 completed IT projects. Note: Updated 17 charts with 2015/2016 data.

You can purchase this book from LuLu for $24.99.


Executive Sponsor Research Report

Executive Sponsor Research Report is a concise overview of the roles, responsibilities and skills needed to be an effective executive sponsor. The research report is broken-up into three sections: 1) Overview of the executive sponsor role with CHAOS statistics; 2) the fifty skills needed to be an effective executive sponsor and 3) summary.

You can purchase this report from LuLu for $24.99.

Emotional Maturity Research Report

Emotional maturity is the collection of basic behavior of how people work together. In any group, organization, or company it is both the sum of their skills and the weakest link that determine the level of emotional maturity. In this research report we consider the skills needed to have a healthy emotional maturity environment.

You can purchase this report from LuLu for $24.99.

The Public Execution of Miss Scarlet

Sex, violence and project management emotional maturity highlights The Public Execution of Miss Scarlet. This fictional mystery book is based on our first workshops on emotional maturity. Through this fast paced narrative we explore the Five Deadly Sins of project management and emotional maturity. The book is a composite of real project appraisal engagements. The project management professional will enjoy the setting while gaining a better understanding of the effects of emotional maturity.

You can purchase this report from LuLu for $24.98.


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.  The report provides a number of data points reflecting the current state of government projects.  It also provides a reflection on the lifestyle of high efficient transformational projects.  The purpose of this thinking is to highlight that most government projects are not innovative, but transactional.  Transactional projects are generally less complex and easier to manage and complete than transactional projects.  Government projects become complex and hard to manage because of bad decision-making on the part of government bureaucracy and practices. Two companioned papers can be found in the Haze resource page.

Big Bang Boom

Big Bang Boom is an example of two single project appraisals. In this research report we compare a proposed project to start up a new Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC) to other large projects within the CHAOS database. The NPAC provides a vital service to the public by allowing landline and mobile users to keep their telephone numbers when changing carriers or locations. This research report showcases two of our standard Single Project Appraisals for a possible proposed new vendor to replace the current vendor, Neustar (, as prescribed by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules.


Exceeding Value

The Standish Group Exceeding Value report looks at the balance between success and value.   In this research report we consider measuring value as the prime metric for success and achieving portfolio nirvana.  We consider the benefits of replacing individual project success with rapid delivery portfolio success. We also consider the benefits of replacing absolute values with relative value.  Additionally, we provide an overview of Our Value Portfolio Optimization and Management Service. Our Value Portfolio Optimization and Management Service is a forward-thinking and predictive visualization of the value of your software investments.