2009 Standish Chaos Report.. .Software Going Downhill

Author: · May 4, 2009 · Filed Under Software Estimating  - 4 Comment(s)

I just saw the new Standish “Chaos” study shows a backwards trend in software success:

32%   Successful (On Time, On Budget, Fully Functional)

44%   Challenged (Late, Over Budget, And/Or Less than Promised Functionality)

24%   Failed (Canceled or never used)

I will study the entire report and amplify soon but it is disheartening, if not surprising, that software projects continue to struggle.

 “CHAOS Summary 2009,” “This year’s results show a marked decrease in project success rates, with 32% of all projects succeeding which are delivered on time, on budget, with required features and functions” says Jim Johnson, chairman of The Standish Group, “44% were challenged which are late, over budget, and/or with less than the required features and functions and 24% failed which are cancelled prior to completion or delivered and never used.””These numbers represent a downtick in the success rates from the previous study, as well as a significant increase in the number of failures”, says Jim Crear, Standish Group CIO, “They are low point in the last five study periods. This year’s results represent the highest failure rate in over a decade”

Galorath analysis shows that about 21% of a large companies IT budget is wasted due to such issues.

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4 Responses to “2009 Standish Chaos Report.. .Software Going Downhill”

  1. Lee on May 8th, 2009 9:59 am

    The Standish study should be compared against other studies, which do not say the same thing. A refreshingly skeptical view of their survey is here:


  2. Muhammad Haroon on June 22nd, 2009 12:50 pm

    I feel that the biggest reason for project failures is the incapability of IT and technical leadership to do justice with their jobs.

    Read my article where I discuss this further.

    Have a great day,

    Muhammad Haroon

  3. Noura on September 24th, 2010 2:19 am

    From my experiance, the biggest casue of project failure is communication

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