Webinar round up: Why IT Projects Fail with Northern Value Creators

Catch up on the second event in the Digital for Transformational Growth series for SME leaders when FluidIT was joined by Simon Cookson Co-Founder of Northern Value Creators.

January 18 2021


There are hundreds of reasons why IT projects go wrong. Although the technology can seem daunting, it’s the human aspect that's more of a challenge to project success. Sign up to access the resources from Why IT Projects Fail, the second in the webinar series. 

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People, processes and technology – in that order

Time and again project failure finds its origins in human problems like managers refusing to change their mindset and adapt business processes to fit new technology. This blew up spectacularly for Lidl in 2018 when after seven years and €500m they abandoned their SAP implementation and reverted to their old system. A successful IT project starts with the people, then examines the business processes and looks to technology last.

Defining Project Success

Project success means positive change beyond immediate business benefits. A successful project is one of the best opportunities to fast track your business to being a high trust, and high performing environment. It allows people to demonstrate and improve their skills and abilities, they’re a fantastic way of levelling up within and across teams your organisation.

Why do so many IT projects fail? 

People will either deliver your project or derail it. Your people are the difference between success and failure, and the key factors are engagement and trust. If engagement and trust are low, the project will fail. And in fact, 80 per cent of IT projects are unsuccessful.

Essential skills: business analysis and project management

The role of the Business Analyst is perhaps the most overlooked by SMEs, and IT project management is often misunderstood. Have a look at why these roles are key to project success, and see how SMEs can afford them on a pay-as-you-go service.