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Success Ladder Benchmark

Nov 1, 2019

We just released our first version of our Success Ladder Benchmark. This benchmark measures your chances of a success for a single project.  The benchmark will return a result based on answers to questions against the 50,000 project profiles in the CHAOS Database. Currently the Success Ladder has three rungs: actuary, size, and complexity.  The Success Ladder Benchmark ultimately will have six rungs. The six rungs are:  

Rung 1 is the actuary:  results are based on two project profile questions.

Rung 2 is size: results change based on our labor cost range.

Rung 3 is complexity: results change based on the complexity range

Rung 4: is Good Place: results change based on the environmental skills

Rung 5: is Good Team: results change based on the team emotional maturity

Rung 6: is Good Sponsor: results change based the skills of the sponsor

Premium members will be able to use the three rungs for now and later at the publication of the CHAOS Report 2020 all 6 rungs. If you are not a premium member you can sign up in our store: Premium Membership

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Success Ladder Benchmark

Nov 4, 2019

We just released our first version of our Success Ladder Benchmark. This benchmark measures your chances of a success for a single project. 

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Notice: Standish Group Users

Aug 19, 2019

The Standish Group has consolidated four of our websites to the main Standish website, www.standishgroup.com. These websites include: dezider.com, Café CHAOS, pm2go.com, and CHAOS Tuesday.  Access to the content and services of Café CHAOS, pm2go.com, and CHAOS Tuesday is free through basic membership in the Standish Group.  This basic membership includes:

  • ·       Advice (formally pm2go content)
  • ·       Legacy CHAOS reports (1994 to 2015)
  • ·       General research reports
  • ·       Café CHAOS blog posts
  • ·       CHAOS Tuesday podcasts
  • ·       EZ-ROI 
  • ·       EZ-Optimix for Single Project (limited features)

To join with a free basic membership, please go to: 


The Standish Group announces the availability of the next CHAOS Report, which will be formally released in January 2020.  However, we will be releasing draft sections starting in September 2019.  Drafts, and the formal report, will be available only for premium members of The Standish Group. Premium membership offers the following services:

  • ·       Current CHAOS reports (2016 to 2020)
  • ·       Selected special research reports
  • ·       Environmental assessments
  • ·       Simple Dezider
  • ·       Optimix for Portfolio of Projects
  • ·       EZ-Optimix for Single Project (unlimited features)
  • ·       Drafts of Work in Process research
  • ·       All the services in the basic membership 

To join as a premium member, go to: 


If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lynch at Jennifer@standishgroup.com.

Please note: pm2go.com, dezider.com, chaostuesday.com, and blog.standishgroup.com will go offline forever on August 31, 2019.


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Feb 20, 2020

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