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Success Ladder Benchmark

Nov 1, 2019

We just released our first version of our Success Ladder Benchmark. This benchmark measures your chances of a success for a single project.  The benchmark will return a result based on answers to questions against the 50,000 project profiles in the CHAOS Database. Currently the Success Ladder has three rungs: actuary, size, and complexity.  The Success Ladder Benchmark ultimately will have six rungs. The six rungs are:  

Rung 1 is the actuary:  results are based on two project profile questions.

Rung 2 is size: results change based on our labor cost range.

Rung 3 is complexity: results change based on the complexity range

Rung 4: is Good Place: results change based on the environmental skills

Rung 5: is Good Team: results change based on the team emotional maturity

Rung 6: is Good Sponsor: results change based the skills of the sponsor

Premium members will be able to use the three rungs for now and later at the publication of the CHAOS Report 2020 all 6 rungs. If you are not a premium member you can sign up in our store: Premium Membership

Notice: Dezider Users

Aug 1, 2019

The Dezider application has been rewritten and is now much simpler to use to help you benchmark your decision latency.  However, in order to use the new Simple Dezider, you must become a premium member of The Standish Group. Premium membership offers these services:

  • ·       Simple Dezider
  • ·       Current CHAOS reports (2016 to 2020)
  • ·       Selected special research reports
  • ·       Environmental assessments
  • ·       Optimix for Portfolio of Projects
  • ·       EZ-Optimix for Single Project (unlimited features)
  • ·       Drafts of Work in Process research
  • ·       All the services of the free membership

To join the premium membership, go to: 


Please note that dezider.com will go offline forever on August 31, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lynch at Jennifer@standishgroup.com.


CHAOS Report 2020

Jul 30, 2019


The Standish Group announces the availability of the next CHAOS Report, which will be formally released in January 2020.  However, we will be releasing draft sections starting in September 2019.  Drafts, and the formal report, will be available only for premium members of The Standish Group. Premium membership offers the following services:

  • ·       Current CHAOS reports (2016 to 2020)
  • ·       Selected special research reports
  • ·       Environmental assessments
  • ·       Simple Dezider
  • ·       Optimix for Portfolio of Projects
  • ·       EZ-Optimix for Single Project (unlimited features)
  • ·       Drafts of Work in Process research
  • ·       All the services in the basic membership 

To join as a premium member, go to: 


If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lynch at Jennifer@standishgroup.com.

Notice: Standish Group Users

Jul 29, 2019


The Standish Group has consolidated four of our websites to the main Standish website, www.standishgroup.com. These websites include: dezider.com, Café CHAOS, pm2go.com, and CHAOS Tuesday.  Access to the content and services of Café CHAOS, pm2go.com, and CHAOS Tuesday is free through basic membership in the Standish Group.  This basic membership includes:

  • ·       Advice (formally pm2go content)
  • ·       Legacy CHAOS reports (1994 to 2015)
  • ·       General research reports
  • ·       Café CHAOS blog posts
  • ·       CHAOS Tuesday podcasts
  • ·       EZ-ROI 
  • ·       EZ-Optimix for Single Project (limited features)

You must become a premium member to use Simple Dezider. To join or upgrade to premium membership, go to our store: https://www.standishgroup.com/store/.

Please note: pm2go.com, dezider.com, chaostuesday.com, and blog.standishgroup.com will go offline forever on August 31, 2019.

To join with a free basic membership, please go to: 


To join as a premium member, please go to:


Notice: pm2go Users

Jul 26, 2019


Please note that our pm2go.com content will now appear as part of the offeringsof The Standish Group. The pm2go content will be referred to as “advice,” and it can be accessed only through our free basic membership in Standish.  This membership includes:


  • ·       Advice (formally pm2go content)
  • ·       Legacy CHAOS reports (1994 to 2015) 
  • ·       General research reports
  • ·       Café CHAOS blog posts
  • ·       CHAOS Tuesday podcasts
  • ·       EZ-ROI 
  • ·       EZ-Optimix for Single Project (limited features)


To join, please go to:



Note: pm2go.com will go offline forever on August 31, 2019.

Project Sponsor Mentoring

Apr 24, 2019


The Standish Group announces a major change on our training program for project sponsors, champions, and owners. The Good Sponsor Mentored training is a structured program managed by a professional mentor. Mentoring is a critical ingredient in improving project sponsor skills. Finding a person to mentor you can be hard. In addition, many former sponsors are neither experienced in mentoring or proficient in sponsoring. The Standish is offering two mentored sponsor programs: Good Sponsor Mentored Nanoclass and Good Sponsor Rapid Mentored Workout

The benefits of the Good Sponsor Mentored program are:

  • Acquisition of good sponsor habits
  • High retention of project sponsor skills
  • Life-Long Learning Credits
  • Confidence in your ability to sponsor projects
  • Special coaching is available

Please see our video for an overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baJ8ERozPsg

For more information, please contact Jennifer Lynch (jennifer@standishgroup.com)


Explorers Wanted

Feb 18, 2019

by Jim Johnson

Recently we were asked if we needed a speaker for our upcoming Good Mate Workshop on April 5. In our workshops we do not have speakers and attendees. We have guides and explorers. The idea of our workshops is to explore and flush out contemporary issues. Our guides, which I am one, only talk for a few minutes to frame an issue in order to stimulate thought.  Then small teams of explorers work on the current issue for about 20 to 30 minutes.  After the 20 or 30 minutes we have a general conversation on what the explorers found. This in not a new concept, we have been trying to perfect this procedure for the last 25 years from our first CHAOS University workshop in 1995.  Much of the learning featured in PM2GO microblogs came out of these types of workshops.  The Standish Group will hold a Good Mate Workshop in Burlington, MA (USA), at the Scrum.org classroom and will run from 9AM to 2PM. For more information go to our event page or sign-up in our store.

There is ME in Team

Jan 23, 2019

On April 5, 2019, The Standish Group will hold a Good Mate Workshop in Burlington, MA (USA), at the Scrum.org classroom and will run from 9AM to 2PM. 

Evan Sorensen and JimJohnson will present an overview of over 65 years of research from The Standish Group (on project team performance) as well as the Gottman Institute (on personal relationships). The workshop will highlight our new book The Good Mate: How Understanding Team Relationships Can Make You Happier and More Productive. This workshop is neither a team-building exercise nor a technical workshop. It is focused only on how individual team mates can develop better relationship skills for cohesive, productive, and happier teams. 

For more information, contact Jennifer Lynch (jennifer@standishgroup.com), go to our event page or sign-up in our store

The Good Mate Workshop is sponsored by Scrum.org


Success Your Way

Jan 3, 2019

The Standish Group is working on an update to the Project Resolution Benchmark (PRB) to include an option to create your own measurement of success.  Currently, the benchmark presents three success models: Traditional, Modern, and Pure. The new model is called “Custom,” and it allows you to create your own personal measurement. Within the company profile, “Custom” allows you to add your own definition of success by selecting the six success options in any combination and ranges.  Projects that meet your definition will be considered successful.  Projects that do not meet your definition of success will be considered challenged.  Failed projects are projects that are canceled or not used. 

In the benchmark report, we will compare your projects against the 50,000 projects in the CHAOS Database for Traditional, Modern, Pure, and your new Custom definition of success.  With the Custom feature, you can measure your projects against your own version of success.  For example, the Traditional measurement is OnTime, OnBudget, and OnTarget—but maybe you would like to replace OnTime and OnBudget with “very high value” and “high value.We are planning to release the Custom feature in the first quarter of 2019.   

For more information on the Project Resolution Benchmark, see our YouTube video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRPOPMhycrs&feature=youtu.be


Traditional Success is OnTime OnBudget and OnTarget; Modern Success is OnTime OnBudget with a Very Satisfied or Satisfied customer; Pure Success is a Very Satisfied or Satisfied customer and Very High Value or High Value return.  These three models are highlighted in our current CHAOS Report: https://www.standishgroup.com/store/services/10-chaos-report-decision-latency-theory-2018-package.html

The six Success options and modifications are: 1) OnTime; 2) OnBudget; 3) OnTarget; 4) Customer Satisfaction with Very Satisfied, Satisfied, and Somewhat Satisfied ranges; 5) Return of Value with Very High, High, and Average Value ranges; and 6) Goalto the corporate strategy with precise, close, and loose ranges.


Benchmark your Culture

Apr 6, 2018

Our new Project Resolution Benchmark measures your project culture to help focus on the real important skills. Over the years, we have tried to make our benchmark process more automated and self-managed to reduce costs while still providing an excellent value to our customers.  Our process is rapid, simple, comprehensive, inexpensive, and easily comprehensible.  The output is a report with the following three major items:

1.   A comparison of your project outcomes with other projects in our database

2.   Environmental skills scores and benchmark

3.   Three habits to adopt or avoid

The Project Resolution Benchmark, a self-service instrument that offers the following features:

·      A database of 50,000 complex and in-depth projects

·      An artificial intelligence engine with 20 years of experience

·      Remote adjudication and analysis

The Project Resolution Benchmark uses a three-step method to help benchmark your organization against similar organizations on the basis of size, industry, project mix, types and capability.  The results will provide you with three suggestions that can improve your project value and delivery by 25 to 50 percent and, in the process, greatly improve customer satisfaction with your company’s projects.

Your personalized benchmark report provide information how you can improve your project culture. Go here to get your Project Resolution Benchmark.

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