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Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Our vision is about making New Zealand the recognised leader in I.T. innovation and practice.

The Getting I.T. Right Initiative ( is all about how we do this.

Despite some great progress in standards and methodologies, we are still experiencing a very high project failure rate. A conservative measure suggests that collectively we lose in excess of over $1.5 billion each year. Do these scenarios sound familiar? Our experience and research indicates some the following key reasons for project failure:

Lack of Strong Sponsorship and Governance
We have all worked in projects where sponsors were not committed, lack understanding of the project and have not been actively involved in the project strategy and direction. This then impacts on the uptake rate of change and adoption of the change.

Wrong Reasons
Projects are started for the wrong reasons. Some are initiated purely to implement new technology without regard for whether the technology is supportive of the business needs or strategy. The converse of this is a project that does not support existing technology, resulting in major scope creep and resultant expenditure.

Not enough dedicated staff (project managers and project team members) allocated to projects. Project team members lack experience and do not have the required qualifications. Line-staff believe that they will be able to succeed in project leading but are only 40% available to do so. Focus in this regard is not on the delivery of the project, but on the comfort zone of the project manager and his own time management. Incomplete project scope. No clear definition of the project's benefits and the deliverables that will produce them.

Part of our plan is educating business owners, directors and executives to work together and to work with the professional bodies and user groups to promote best practice. We can do this through the promotion of this site and with your support we can lobby the correct people and groups, e.g. IOD, MED, Chamber of Commerce, NZCS, etc.

So if you are frustrated with working on projects that dont deliver, that are de-scoped, with customers that are disengaged, and would like to work in a place that I.T. delivery is seen as a vital part of the businesses success, you are given the right tools, your colleagues are enthusiastic and you deliver cool things that make a real difference, then please support this initiative. You can do this by:

Registering your support on the site itself
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