Management Principles Associated With IT Project Success

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John Nicholas
Gezinus Hidding


I.T. Project Management, Project success, Project failure, PMBOK, VDCL, Value, Leadership, Architecture


Success in information technology (IT) projects remains elusive, even after decades of efforts to improve it.   Most of these efforts have focused on variations of the traditional project management paradigm as promulgated by PMBOK.  We suspected that a potential cause of high IT project failure is with the paradigm, which focuses on the project itself and on meeting time and cost targets.  A new paradigm called Value-Driven Change Leadership (VDCL) originated from discussions of a panel of project management experts.  This paper describes the principles of that paradigm.  It also reports the results from a survey of four project managers on the association between project success and management principles from VDCL and PMBOK.


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