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Stop Aiming for Successful Projects, Start Aiming for Successful Applications

Published: 29 July 2014

ID: G00262726

Analyst(s): David Norton , Andy Kyte


An application may deliver the desired business functionality but be unreliable, expensive to run and difficult to change. Business and IT management teams need to set targets for all the desired attributes of an application to achieve an efficient portfolio.

Table Of Contents


  • What Makes a Successful Project?
  • What Makes a Successful Application?
  • A Thought Experiment
  • "Success" Is Not a Binary State
  • A Well-Rounded Definition of "On Quality"
  • Modeling the Multiaxis Analog
  • Managing the Requirement Gaps and Avoiding the Plague of Phase 2
  • Be Mindful of Architectural and Technical Debt
  • Continuing the Project Life Cycle

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