Why Do Projects Fail?

Learning How to Avoid Project Failure

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We can probably all think of projects that have "failed."

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.

Definition of Project Failure

A project is considered a failure when ...

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