Project Success Factors – An introduction

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A few weeks ago I was asked to deliver a presentation on methods (development, project management, application implementation, …) to the Oracle User Group Holland (OGH). My initial response was a bit reluctant, as I generally associate Methods with a certain degree of boredom. I was given ample opportunity to give my spin to the subject, so I asked myself: why do methods exist?

Well: we think they contribute to project success, don’t we!

Project success is a subject that sounds a lot more interesting. Project success in actual real life projects and as a subject for discussion: which factors contribute significantly to this success. And methods should peep in along the road?

“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.” (Mark Twain). An excellent quote and one, I must admit, in which I recognize myself to some degree. I don’t know if it’s true, but…hold on…in Dutch we have a saying “Geluk is met de dommen”. Freely translated: Luck comes to the ignorant, so…there must be some truth in this statement. It almost seems like, if you don’t see the problems, they won’t see you, either!

It’s a bit thin to base your whole project on, that I admit.

In upcoming postings I will explore other factors, next to ignorance, that contribute to the success of projects, or work in general, or life, perhaps…

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