Mittwoch, 20. August 2008

Thermocline of Truth in IT-Projekten

In many large or even medium-sized IT projects, there exists a thermocline of truth, a line drawn across the organizational chart that represents a barrier to accurate information regarding the project’s progress. Those below this level tend to know how well the project is actually going; those above it tend to have a more optimistic (if unrealistic) view.

Quelle: The Wetware Crisis: the Thermocline of Truth : Bruce F. Webster

Doch diese Thermocline of Truth ist nicht statisch:

As the project delivery deadline draws near, the thermocline of truth starts moving up the levels of management because it is becoming harder and harder to deny or hide just where the project stands. Even with that, the thermocline may not reach the top level of management until weeks or even just days before the project is scheduled to ship or go into production. This leads to the classic pattern of having a major schedule slip — or even outright project failure — happen just before the ship/production date.

Erinnert mich spontan an Windows Vista.

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