Why do project failures still happen?

It is not just IT projects that fail but they are the ones that get the media attention.

We know the causes of project success (see Pinto and Slevin’s work on Critical Success Factors) or the causes of IT project failure (see the United Kingdom’s Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology report – know as POSTNote 200 July 2003). One really useful paper on the topic is The Causes of Project Failure by Jeffrey K. Pinto and Samuel J. Mantel, Jr. (IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 37, No. 4. November 1990)

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