Why do Projects Fail?
We can probably all think of projects that have “failed” – perhaps processes got worse rather than better, maybe they were cancelled because of cost overruns, or perhaps systems were launched with fundamental errors.
How do you know when – and why – a project has failed? In many cases, the reason for failure is obvious. However, the definition of failure isn’t always clear: one project with a significant delay might be described as a failure; yet another, with a similar delay, might be seen as a stunning success.
In this article, we’ll define project failure, and explore the factors that cause some projects to fail.