I’m giving a talk in Nottingham next month. It’s been a while since I’ve been that far north. I always got really excited being driven through the town when I was younger, as Robin Hood could have been in the forest somewhere. There’s been a recent TV series about him that I’ve watched with a degree of dedication normally reserved only for Un Dos Tres. So it’s great to have a reason to go back there, even if this time I don’t think I’ll spot outlaws among the trees.
If you’d like to come along to the evening event, here’s what it’s about:
Projects are worth about £60 billion to the UK economy. Research shows that about 70% of projects fail. It doesn’t take a maths genius to work out that’s a lot of money at risk each year. As more and more of the routine IT work gets outsourced or off-shored, the UK is becoming a hotbed for projects. If you haven’t worked on one already, chances are you will soon.
This talk will cover how organisations define (or don’t define) success and failure in terms of projects. We’ll discuss the five main reasons why projects fail, and have a look at some examples of high profile projects that have failed to deliver. While no set of guidelines can guarantee project success, some critical factors will be presented to give your projects a fighting chance of success. And if you’re in the middle of a project that is going badly, we’ll look at some recovery strategies to bring projects back from the brink – including when the best option really is to cut your losses and back out gracefully.
It’s being hosted by the British Computer Society Nottingham and Derby Branch, at a local hotel. You can reserve a place (it’s free!) and find out more on their website.