The Percentage of Successful Projects

Standish regularly publish their Chaos report on success rates in projects.  Another organisation Evans Data Corp. Survey also recently carried out a review of project success by talking to programmers.  The survey found that in the US 51 percent of scheduled projects tend to finish on time.  In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) the number was 36 percent.  Asia was much better at 71 percent.

The report also contained the following comments:

The phase during which projects were most likely to be discontinued was the coding phase in both North America and EMEA, but in the APAC region, projects were more likely to be abandoned during external beta testing.

“When a project is abandoned it’s not necessarily a total waste,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp. “Most were able to use some portion of the code in subsequent projects. What’s interesting is that while developers love Agile, it was measurement based models like six sigma or ITIL or projects using a waterfall model that were least likely to be discontinued.”

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