Sample Research


The Standish Group is focused on our Value Portfolio Optimization and Management Service. This service provides for on-going management and optimization for software project portfolios.  In addition, The Standish Group offers a Single Project Appraisal Service and Modernization Project Appraisal Service. These services rely heavily on a platform of our extensive research database. This primary research database has over 50,000 detailed projects covering 1,000 organizations.  The Standish Group also maintains several skills and practice databases for skills assessments, report development and advisory engagements.  The Standish Group provides member services of special research reports and assessments.  This sample research offering provides insight into these benchmarks and assessments services, plus special research reports. 

 

Exceeding Value

The Standish Group Exceeding Value report looks at the balance between success and value.   In this research report we consider measuring value as the prime metric for success and achieving portfolio nirvana.  We consider the benefits of replacing individual project success with rapid delivery portfolio success. We also consider the benefits of replacing absolute values with relative value.  Additionally, we provide an overview of Our Value Portfolio Optimization and Management Service. Our Value Portfolio Optimization and Management Service is a forward-thinking and predictive visualization of the value of your software investments.

Big Bang Boom

Big Bang Boom is an example of two single project appraisals. In this research report we compare a proposed project to start up a new Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC) to other large projects within the CHAOS database. The NPAC provides a vital service to the public by allowing landline and mobile users to keep their telephone numbers when changing carriers or locations. This research report showcases two of our standard Single Project Appraisals for a possible proposed new vendor to replace the current vendor, Neustar (neustar.biz), as prescribed by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules.

 

Modernization: Clearing a Pathway to Success

Modernization is an example of a Modernization appraisal service. The purpose of this report is to provide the reader with a fair comparison of differences between rewriting, buying a package, and modernization of a software application. The comparison includes information on their cost, risk, and reward. This report is broken into five sections: case comparison, new development, application package, modernization, and proof points. Much of this report is based on the CHAOS Research project on the creation and implementation of application software. This report also demonstrates our project valuation consulting services.

Executive Sponsor Appraisal

This report is an example of an executive sponsor appraisal report. The output of the appraisal is a report that provides the overall skill level and a breakdown by fifteen different measurements. The report also contains a benchmark ranking them against 10,000 other executive sponsors. This ranking is also broken down by the overall score and fifteen different measurements. The report contains three advisory parts. The first part is the 3 most important habits to work on that will improve the ESA score. Second, the 3 easiest habits to improve and the 3 IT can help the executive sponsor improve.
 

Emotional Maturity Appraisal

This report is an example of an emotional maturity appraisal report. The output of the appraisal is a report that provides the overall skill level with a breakdown by fifteen different measurements. The report also contains a benchmark ranking them against 1,000 other organizations. This ranking is also broken down by the overall score with fifteen different measurements. The report contains three advisory parts. The first part is the 3 most important habits to work on that will improve the EMA score. Second, the 3 easiest habits to improve and the 3 things that IT can help the executive sponsor improve. 
 

 

1994 CHAOS Report

This is the original 1994 CHAOS report on software project success and failure. This report was our first research mission on project resolution. Since 1994 we have continually collected data, cases and best practices on project resolution. This 20 year journey lead us to provide our Value Portfolio Optimization and Management Service. Our Value Portfolio Optimization and Management Service is a forward thinking and predictive visualization of the value of your software investments. By focusing your project portfolio on value, our service frees your organization to create value.