Roger Sessions writes about an interesting concept called SIP (Simple Iterative Partitions) in this month's ObjectWatch newsletter. He says CIO's will fail their 2008 objectives because they are unable to focus on the underlying problem that IT is facing these days, which according to him is: complexity.
I've seen quite a few project fail by having too large a scope and thus becoming way too complex, leading to project failure. So reducing complexity will lead to a higher project succes rate and thus helps you reach your goals.
The example Roger uses in his newsletter is a little flawed though. Roger assumes any system of 7 (or 14) dice can be split in 7 partitions which do not influence eachother. Reality will be that the succes or failure of any of the 7 partitions will influence the succes of the others. And unlike dice there is no black/white success with IT projects. Succesful projects typically achieve somewhere between 70 to a 100% of their original goals. 1% of a missed goal in one of the 7 partitions may lead to 100% failure in another (extreme case).
I'll be doing some more reading on the SIP proposition though. More on SIP here.
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