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What are some of the reasons that IT projects fail? If you have observed information systems implementations that were not successful, what were the indications of failure? What would you have done differently to prevent failure?

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IT projects fail when they are canceled, abandoned or not implemented. An IT project is challenged when it is overbudget, behind schedule or when it results in poor quality and it does not deliver what the planners needed. IT projects can fail when the ideas behind the project are simply "half- baked" ideas whcih are ideas with little thought and insufficient planning behind them. This can include factors such as the absence of a well-managed project portfolio, under skilled project managers, a project ...

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Research: Historic Failures of Public Infrastructure

Overview:
All public infrastructure is at some degree of risk of failure to meet its designated functions. Sound engineering design seeks to understand uncertainty and manage risk to a level that is both affordable and at the same time acceptable to society. Select a public infrastructure failure in the last 20-years and analyze the failure.

Content:
At a minimum discuss:

1. Failure:
Describe what happened in sufficient detail to permit the reader to understand the general magnitude and the context and environment in which the failure occurred.

2. Consequences:
Discuss the immediate physical, life safety, economic, and political consequences of the failure of this system. Then discuss the long-term consequences that were identified as a result of this failure.

3. Threats:
Discuss the major threats that this specific infrastructure system was designed to withstand. Was the failure due to one of these identified threats?

4. Countermeasures:
Discuss the countermeasures that were designed into the system to withstand the identified threats. Then discuss the countermeasures that should have been designed into the system
to prevent the failure.

5. Vulnerability:
Describe an approach for calculating the degree of vulnerability of the system to the threat that ultimately caused its failure.

6. Threat Likelihood:
Discuss an approach for determining the probability that the system would be successfully impacted by the threat that ultimately caused the system to fail.

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