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Founder of We Wire People, Martijn has 15 years experience in the field of Integration, as an Architect working in and for Enterprises. He mainly advises in case of mergers, application rationalization and Cloud / Social Media back-office integration Martijn blogs at

One response to “80-20: the deadly cause of IT project failure”

  1. Stefan

    Interesting reading indeed. Is there an evidence that in the “serial times” the project failure rate was lower than in the “parallel era”?
    I’m asking because this 80% x 80% x 80%… formula can be applied in serial projects too and basically lead to the same outcome. Or not?
    If the failure rate were lower in the old times I’d say the issue is linked to the fact that the processes (and supporting tools) didn’t change sufficiently when the shift from serialism to parallelism happened. In other words, parallel development is more demanding in terms of team collaboration through artifacts sharing and process integration.
    The complexity you rightly mentioned in the end can’t be addressed solely by daily meetings; there’ s a place for solid project management and application lifecycle support tools.