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CHAOS Collection 2016 By James Johnson
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The CHAOS Collection 2016 includes two major reports:1) CHAOS Report 2016: The Winning Hand and 2) Special CHAOS Report on Digital Transformation Projects. The CHAOS Report 2016 on presents the... More > classic CHAOS data in different forms with many charts. Most of the updated charts come from the CHAOS database from the fiscal years 2012 to 2016. A highlight of this report is our analysis and thought leadership what makes a winning hand and what makes a losing hand. The Special CHAOS Report on Digital Transformation Projects follows the same outline and datapoints of the normal CHAOS Reports, but segmenting the Digital Transformation Projects. Like The CHAOS Report 2016, this special report presents the data in different forms with many charts. The charts included the resolution by size, industry, type, method, complexity, strategic alignment, and capability. All of the charts come from the CHAOS database from the fiscal years 2007 or 2008 to 2016.< Less
My Life is Failure By James Johnson
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100 Things You Should Know to Be a Successful Project Leader. My Life in Failure is a summation of over two decades of work on project failure. The Standish Group has been collecting case information... More > on real-life IT environments and software development projects since 1985. Standish's cumulative research encompasses 20 years of data on why projects succeed or fail, representing more that 50,000 completed IT projects. Note: Updated 17 charts with 2015/2016 data.< Less
The Dead Presidents' Guide to Project Management By James Johnson
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My attempt in this book is to let the records of these 38 men tell the tale of leadership. Each of these chief executives provides a treasure trove of lessons learned and prime examples. These are... More > not fictional characters. None of them are Superman. They are not faster than a speeding locomotive, nor can they leap over tall buildings. They are complex human beings. They are very talented, yet full of flaws. They are not all good men, but they all tried to do good things, and most of time the right things. It is often said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. I would rephrase it to say those who can learn from history will be capable of improving on it< Less
Jackie and the 3 Bears By James Johnson
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In this book Jackie the Squirrel interviews three potential sponsors for a new project. What Jackie wants to understand is the level of skill each of the potential sponsors brings to the project. The... More > suggested questions and answers in this book are to help you understand the skill level of a potential project sponsor. The questions focus on the ten most important traits of a good sponsor based on extensive research by The Standish Group over a 22-year span. The book is designed to encourage you to take notes on the project sponsor subject or any subject. The book is also designed for you to doodle to let your imagination flow. The book is designed for you to take to meetings on the subject of the project sponsor or really any meeting or subject. When the meeting gets boring, you can take out your doodle book look smart and doodle away letting your doodle images stimulate your mind.< Less
CHAOS Collection By James Johnson
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CHAOS Collection 2015: includes four reports 1) CHAOS Report 2015, 2) CHAOS Manifesto 2015, 3) Factors of Value, and 4) The Money Pit: The True Cost of a Project. The CHAOS Report 2015 focuses on... More > presenting the information and data on success and failure in different forms with many charts. In this report we have 21 charts and 12 tables. A main feature of this report is presenting the six elements of success: time, budget, target, goal, value and customer satisfaction. CHAOS Manifesto 2015: The Law of Diminishing Returns is an advanced thinking research report. This report has 10 broad theories, each with three concepts aimed at mitigating the law of diminishing returns. Factors of Value Research Report: outlines the Top Ten attributes that return the highest value. The purpose of Money Pit: The True Cost of a Project research note is to consider the true cost of a project. Here we examine the cost of two similar projects in two very different environments.< Less
The Good Sponsor By James Johnson
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You are the single most important person involved with a project and ultimately responsible for its success or failure. The CHAOS database consistently shows project improvement and success is... More > dependent on the skills of the project sponsor. The larger and more complex the project the greater the difference between success and failure by the skills of executive or project sponsor. For example greater than fifty percent of successful very large complex projects had a highly skilled project sponsor. This is up from single digits of success. On the other hand, over sixty percent of failed very large complex projects had a moderate to poorly skilled project sponsor.< Less
Saving Jimmy By James Johnson
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Saving Jimmy is a fun story about a lost boy. The Adventures of Jackie series provides easy to understand basic project management lessons aimed at children. Jackie the Squirrel is a project manager.... More > Jackie enjoys solving problems through managing projects. In saving Jimmy, Jackie first observes Jimmy wandering around woods looking lost. Jackie decides to make a plan to save Jimmy from freezing. Jackie then acquires resources and executes the plan. This graphic book demonstrates project management lessons through colorful and delightful common forest birds and animals. Each page is a unique hand painted work of art by Kayla Johnson.< Less
The Public Execution of Miss Scarlet By James Johnson
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They are in every project. They are the Five Deadly Sins of project management. In this fictional tale, Kelly Roberts and his team seek the truth. In investigating why Project Skyview is failing,... More > they find that the truth is a precious and minute commodity. What can Kelly do to turn around Project Skyview and make it a successful project? The board of directors of Crutec hires Kelly Roberts and his sidekicks, Amanda Nickerson and Leroy Jefferson, to do just that. They come in with fresh eyes and new ideas, but they are stopped and diverted at every turn by the internal politics and underlying prejudices. From sleepy Cape Cod to the heart of Silicon Valley, the mystery unfolds. This book explores the ways Kelly and his team identify the Five Deadly Sins, what action Crutec could take to overcome them, and how to raise Crutec’s chances of project success.< Less
Executive Sponsor Research Report By James Johnson
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Executive Sponsor Research Report is a concise overview of the roles, responsibilities and skills needed to be an effective executive sponsor.
CHAOS 2014 By James Johnson
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CHAOS 2014 includes the CHAOS Manifesto and CHAOS Report. CHAOS report: Twentieth First Anniversary Edition offers a traditional view. In this CHAOS report we have 12 charts, the traditional... More > resolution, then size by resolution, the resolution by size, industry, type, method, world’s area, complexity, strategic alignment, and capability. CHAOS Manifesto 2014 offers an orthogonal view of the CHAOS Research and focuses on project value versus project success. Also includes the Five Deadly Sins of project management and other material.< Less