These are all good and valid questions, to me the most important is the report data gathering and reporting consistent with prior years? The final #’s have little relevance (to me) compared to the overall trending….and the overall trending is interesting - more projects are failing this year than last. A lot can be read into that, here’s my take (assumptions):
- As the economy continues to slow (or remains slow) the better managers will cancel the less important project, focusing on the key business drivers (end of day a good thing)
- Companies are cutting resources, causing the remaining people to be overloaded causing lower quality deliveries (a bad thing)
- People have more of a negative view and will tend to be more critical of what is being delivered and lean towards reporting failures more than successes…one of the bigger issues with any subjective type of reporting – BUT one that can be understood and used to adjust the findings.