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The Good Sponsor Influence Guide and Benchmark

Jun 25, 2022

We added the Good Sponsor Influence Guide to the Premium Membership. We also added the Good Sponsor Assessment to the website.

The guide and benchmark are designed to help sponsors of projects influence the project teams, stakeholders of projects, executive leadership, and other interested parties in projects. The guide will also help project managers and leaders influence project sponsors. The guide can be used as a companion to the on-line Sponsor Influence course. In addition, the guide can help to understand The Good Sponsor Assessment, Success Ladder, and Resolution Benchmark components. Used in conjunction with these other components it will enhance your understanding of the maturity of a software sponsor, and it will help you learn how to improve the sponsor project environment. This guide is broken down into10 principles and 50 skills that will help an organization improve the software workplace through enhanced executive sponsorship. 




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Infinite Business Flow

Jun 13, 2022

Our original thinking was that Infinite Flow was a method to manage software development, implementation, and maintenance through a continuous process. We said in our research paper “Go with the Flow Envisioning a Successful Pipeline of Software Projects (1) 2019 by Jim Johnson and Hans Mulder, That Infinite Flow is a service-oriented process that reduces the friction and delays associated with traditional software development methods. The Flow process creates pipelines segmented by very small logical and cross-functional teams. While this part of Infinite Flow is still the same and relevant. Our thinking has expanded to Infinite Flow as an organizational management method that spans the enterprise. This is the focus of this week’s AdviceBlogs.

Types of Infinite Flow Teams

May 28, 2022

The week on May 30th, 2022, The Standish Group will release five AdviceBlogs on the types of Infinite Flow Teams:  We will release each of these AdviceBlog on these days. 

Monday, May 30th

Types of Infinite Flow Team: https://www.standishgroup.com/advice/2022

Tuesday, May 31st

General Purpose Support (GPS) is an Infinite Flow team dedicated to a business unit:  https://www.standishgroup.com/advice/2023

Wednesday, June 1st

Application Development Team (ADT) is a semi-permanent team focused on a single applicationhttps://www.standishgroup.com/advice/2024

Thursday, June 2nd

Enterprise IT Support EIS: is an Infinite Flow Team that is dedicated to a major enterprise-wide applications such SAP.  


Friday, June 3rd

Master of Information Technology (MIT): is a team focused on a critical area of technology.  https://www.standishgroup.com/advice/2026




CHAOS Report Beyond Infinity: a hardcover version

May 21, 2022

 CHAOS Report Beyond Infinity: a hardcover version is a collector’s item.   This 260-page printed book is in full color with hundreds of charts, tables, and graphics. This book is broken down into 10 sections. In the first section, we start with the three new Factors of Success, Good Place, Good Team, and Good Sponsor. Then we look at the root cause of project failure which is poor decision latency. Then we look at the root cause poor decision latency which is low emotional maturity. In Section 2, We then look at the Classic CHAOS charts. We follow these charts with more charts in Section 3: Type and Styles of Projects, In the next three sections are details of The Good Sponsor, The Good Team and The Good Place. Section 7 is an overview of the current CHAOS Database. The next section is an overview of New Resolution Database Benchmark. The Dutch Connection describes the contributions made by the Netherlands and Belgium and their effect on our research. Myths and Illusions debunks some typical beliefs about “project improvement.” The Epilogue looks at 60 years of software development.

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SPA Week

Apr 22, 2022

We are introducing a new segment called SPA week. SPA standing for “Search Preceding AdviceBlogs”  There are almost 2,000 current AdviceBlogs (AKA microblogs) in the Advice Database/Section. The database has an easy key word search and subject matter designation.  Using the subject matter designation of “Clear Business Objectives” we found 109 entries. In SPA Week we will present 5 SPA samples of the Adviceblogs using this designation.  One per day over the SPA week.   


Members can review the samples,  Not a member, you will need to join:





News: Learn DEMO?

Apr 15, 2022

We just released Wisdom Wednesday # 10 and CHAOS Tuesday Show # 131 we discuss the features, benefits, and uses of DEMO. 


Our guest of this show is Hans Mulder, our European Director of Research.  In this program, Hans will define and paint a visual picture of DEMO in Use. He will show how many commercial organizations, such building contractors, use DEMO for communications with users, stakeholders, and vendors have a single view of the projects.  He will talk about how people can use DEMO in software projects. Hans will discuss how DEMO captures the human element of a process versus the automatic part of a system process. He will discuss how DEMO is an essential tool for Infinite Flow. Note: Hans wrote a book on DEMO, along with Jan L.G. Dietz, Titled “Enterprise Ontology: A Human-Centric Approach to Understanding the Essence of Organisation


·      What is a DEMO

·      How DEMO improves communications 

·      Examples of DEMO in use

·      How to use DEMO in software project

·      How to use DEMO in Infinite Flow

·      You can watch or listen to the show by going here: https://www.standishgroup.com/chaostuesday/podcast/index








The Project Saboteur

Mar 19, 2022

Dateline: March 19, 2022. We just released Wisdom Wednesday # 9 and CHAOS Tuesday Show # 130 discusses how to deal with a Project Saboteur. Our guest of this show Dion Kotteman. Dion is a former CIO, consultant, and literally wrote the book, The Project Saboteur. In this program, Dion will define and paint a visual picture of a project saboteur. He will discuss how dangerous a saboteur is to health and wellbeing of a project. Dion will suggest how people within project develop into a project saboteur. He will map out the differences and activities of the types of saboteurs.  Mr. Kotteman will provide advice on how to deal with each type of saboteur. Dion also talks about the difference between a whistleblower and saboteur. 

In the video, and podcast you will take away:

·      What is a project saboteur

·      Why should you concern

·      Dangers of a saboteur 

·      How to recognize the different types 

·      How to deal with each type

You can watch or listen to the show by going here: 



Technology Due Diligence

Feb 18, 2022

We just released Wisdom Wednesday # 8 and CHAOS Tuesday Show # 129. In this show we discusses the need for technology due diligence. Our guest of this show is David Sturman. David is a consulting CTO, and technology analyst.  One of Mr. Sturman’s specialties is doing technology due diligence for organizations that are going through a major financial event such as a merger, acquisition, sale, or other type of event. David brings a wealth of knowledge to companies going through a transition. In this show David will define and outline technology due diligence.  He will explain when and how to prepare for a technology due diligence appraisal. He will talk about some of the things you will need to prepare and timings of the preparation. 

In the video, and podcast you will take away:

·      What is technology due diligence

·      What things you will need for a successful appraisal

·      Who should be involved in the preparation 

·      When should you start the preparation process

·      What is the role of the technology due diligence consultant

You can watch or listen to the show by going here: 


The Good Mate Report and Benchmark

Feb 7, 2022

We added the Good Mate Report and Benchmark to our store. The Good Mate Report on How understanding team relationships can make you happier and more productive, by James Johnson and Evan Sorensen, offers the tools and shows the needed skills for successful team relationships. The book combined two decades of research (Standish Group) on emotional intelligence behavior of project teams with 40 years of research on successful marriage and family dynamics.  The Good Mate also includes team workshops and some general individual and group exercises. In addition, this product also includes an online personal assessment and benchmark on your Good Mate Skills. 

You can purchase this report in our store:

For more info on this report, you can read Henny Portman’s review


Book Week by Jim Johnson

Jan 26, 2022

It has been a while since I did some book reviews and over each day next week, I will present one my five favorite books I read in 2021. The book titles are: 



“Invention: A Life” by James Dyson


“Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success” by Gary Vaynerchuk.  


Adam Smith’s classic “Wealth of Nations” 


“Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy” by Joseph A. Schumpeter


Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty “written by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe

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