Project CPR

We are ready to perform our “Project CPR” analysis on your project portfolio to help evaluate how our approach can help wrestle some challenged or failing projects back to success. WIB’s “Project CPR” can help deliver value quickly and effectively, streamlining decision making and providing teams the timely feedback that is necessary for successful projects. Take a look at your in-flight projects and ask yourself if a paradigm shift might be needed.  WIB is ready and willing to start CPR to get your projects back on track.

There is an old proverb that says that “you can’t truly solve a problem until you understand the nature of the problem you’re solving”. Which is why at WIB, we always ask the question, what are some of the fundamental reasons that projects fail?

Over the years, numerous articles and studies have attempted to discuss why failures are so consistent with IT projects. The “Chaos Study” produced by the Standish Group year after year identifies the poor job that the IT industry does in general with delivering projects. Some say skills are the key or possibly a new approach like Agile will bring better results and in some cases this is true.  However, the failure rate of projects is still abysmal in general.  Compare IT Projects to other types of projects like construction and civil engineering. Imagine if we accepted the same failure rates in our civil engineering projects as in IT, our public infrastructure would be in shambles.

Instead of immediately embarking on a mission of process improvement (which is typically the approach most organizations take to increase success rates of projects), a paradigm shift is needed to truly address the failure problem.

One core issue, that is seldom addressed, that is fundamental to project success is Decision Making. We underestimate the complexity of projects and tend to like to capture projects in Gantt charts and task lists. We reform teams to give more autonomy and independence. However, we continue to maintain a task centric view of projects. For every task, there are possibly dozens of decisions that must be carried out, some of which are very straight forward while others are interrelated and ubiquitous.

As shown in Figure 1 decision making is core in an IT project. From initial planning and strategy and all the way through code development, decision making is the primary activity that controls the majority of effort that goes into an IT project.

Of course by this time you must be asking, What does Decision Making have to do with WIB and Rapid Composite? It’s simple, with Rapid Composite you streamline the decision making within your teams by being able to immediately scrutinize the solution. In Rapid Composite you are essentially creating the application in real-time.  You do this in many cases without programmers using expertise from those that know exactly what they want. Traditional projects extend over significant periods of time and there is little immediate feedback. With Rapid Composite, the traditional information flow between analysts, documentation, architects and finally programmers is minimized and the final product is just a few mouse clicks away.

Rapid Composite will not eliminate all project decision making hurdles but can potentially provide a shortened lead time between expectations and reality. The project starts from the perspective of keeping things as simple as possible. Rapid Composite helps teams stay focused on the key needs of the new application and the WIB project approach leverages this product to focus on results while delivering value as quickly as possible.

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