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.

Haze

Haze report adds value to “Rethinking the Public Spending on ICT projects” report.  The report considers the current state of software developed and innovation as a comparison to the current state of government projects.  The report provides a number of data points reflecting the current state of government projects.  It also provides a reflection on the lifestyle of high efficient transformational projects.  The purpose of this thinking is to highlight that most government projects are not innovative, but transactional.  Transactional projects are generally less complex and easier to manage and complete than transactional projects.  Government projects become complex and hard to manage because of bad decision-making on the part of government bureaucracy and practices. Two companioned papers can be found in the Haze resource page.

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.

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.

CHAOS Memberships with Resolution Benchmark

The Standish Group is offering four types of membership to our research on project performance. Each membership level offers a range of project performance research and appraisals to meet the specific needs of your organization. The membership ranges from passive review to very active improvement. 

 

Rethinking the Public Spending on ICT projects

Rethinking the Public Spending on ICT projects report was written by Hans Mulder and Ilias Kontakos.  The focus of this serious report is a commentary on the findings of the Dutch temporary committee on government ICT projects. The committee concluded that taxpayers’ money has been wasted. The committee has put forth a number of suggestions to solve the issue of government failures. Hans and Ilias have analyzed these suggestions and present their conclusions in this important report. 

Dutch Conclusions

Conclusions and recommendations of the Dutch temporary committee on government ICT projects.