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10 warning signs in IT projects

10 warning signs in IT projects

It is know that in the IT industry project have a high percentage of failure. But what if we could see the warning signs before it is too late?

In this presentation, Yann Larrivée will explain through story telling the 10 warning signs you should look for throughout the implementation of your project in order to prevent many sleepless nights and project failure. For each warning signs one or more solutions will be given.

Yann Larrivée

May 08, 2015
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  1. foolab.ca | @foolabca
    10 warning signs in IT
    projects.
    OpenWest, Orem – May 8th, 2015

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  2. foolab.ca | @foolabca
    Lessons learned from
    my journey through
    Mordor.

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  3. 3
    Some statistics
    • 70% of IT projects fail
    • 66% of projects go over budget
    • 33% go over schedule
    • 17 % under deliver value

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  4. 4
    Yann Larrivée
    • Consultant at FooLab
    • Project rescue & bring projects
    to success
    • I organize ConFoo.ca
    • I founded PHP Quebec user
    group
    • Twitter: @ylarrivee
    • Email : [email protected]

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  5. 5
    Presentation objectives
    • Identify project threats early
    • Reduce the number of failures
    • Reduce stress, anxiety, headaches
    • More time with your family

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  6. 6
    Vocabulary
    • Objectives
    • Metrics
    • Success
    • Failure

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  7. 7
    Objectives - Signs
    • Stakeholders don't
    agree on business
    objectives
    • Goals are not
    communicated
    • Goals are not
    understood
    • Poorly defined goals

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  8. 8
    Objectives - Solutions
    Ask these questions:
    • Why are we doing this?
    • What are we trying to improve?

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    Objectives - Solutions
    • Get stakeholders to agree and sign a contract
    • Kickoff meeting to explain the goals
    • Print the goals on a poster hang them in your
    office
    • Communicate them to all team members

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  10. 10
    Deadline - Signs
    • Deadline too tight
    • Trying to make a
    project fit
    • Working overtime
    • Deadline is too far

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    Deadline - Solutions
    • Negotiate the delivery date
    • Negotiate deliverables based on objectives
    • Prioritize features based on objectives
    • Get more skilled developers
    • Plan time for the unexpected

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    Progress - Signs
    • No demo within the
    first month
    • Missed demos
    • You don't even have
    demos

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    Progress - Solutions
    • Weekly release and demo
    • Request developers to give development URL
    • Follow the GIT commits
    • Yellow-flag task at 50% of completion time
    • Red-flag task at 75% of completion

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  14. 14
    Team Spirit - Signs
    • Pointing fingers
    • Poor or no
    collaboration
    • Negative attitude

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    Team Spirit - Solutions
    • Break negative conversations
    • Change the focus on solutions
    • Meet team members with negative attitude
    • Remove bad team members
    • Get to know your team members

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    Communication – Signs
    • No one ever reports
    problem
    • People provide excuses
    for the road blocks
    • People forward you to
    the documentation
    • Languages
    • Timezones

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    Communication – Solutions
    • Find the root cause
    • Have someone bilingual
    • Re adjust your schedule
    • Talk one on one to get the real information
    • Don't be shy pick up the phone!

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  18. 18
    Focus – Signs
    • Methodologies & Architecture
    • Tools and framework
    • Adding cool features
    • Gold platting
    • Last minute changes

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    Focus – Solutions
    • Plan time for R&D outside of your project
    • Do R&D before project
    • Focus Delivering value, not feature
    • How does it bring us closer to the objective?

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    Documentation – Signs
    • 50 pages+ novel style
    documentation
    • No documentation
    • No 10,000 foot view of
    the project
    • No or Poor
    Documentation
    technical and
    functional analysis

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    Documentation – Solutions
    • Plan time for analysis
    • Centralize all
    documentation in source
    control
    • Write readable code
    • Have good tool to write
    documentation and specs
    • Keep it straight to the
    point

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  22. 22
    Quality – Signs
    • The ghosts problem
    • Endless bugs list
    • No time for quality
    assurance
    • No time for
    performance testing

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    Quality – Solutions
    • Have staging and product ready env.
    • Determine mission critical components
    • Write test for mission critical components
    • How many users at peak hours
    • Have QA before each demo

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    Metrics - Signs
    • No way to measure
    the expected outcome

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    Metrics – Solutions
    • Level of success (business)
    • Level of quality
    • Level of performance

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  26. 26
    Other things to watch for:
    For your project success, leave these at
    home:
    • Office politics
    • Feelings
    • Ego

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  27. 27
    Presentation take-away #1
    • Situation appraisal
    • Objectives
    • Metrics
    • Joint accountability

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    Presentation take-away #2
    • How does it bring us closer to the objective
    • Break your projects into smaller ones
    • Socialize with your co-worker
    • Stay alert
    Remember: A project fails one day at a time

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    Questions?
    Twitter: @ylarrivee
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Website: foolab.ca
    Through powerful advice, I help businesses
    maximize their investment and ship projects
    ahead of time.

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