Vol. 22, #37 - September 11, 2017 - Issue #1148
WServerNews: Should we end large IT projects?
- Editor's Corner
- From the Mailbag
- Should we end large IT projects?
- Send us your feedback
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- IT Pro Fitness Corner
- Factoid of the Week
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- Quick Tip–Adding Same ISO DVD Image To All Hyper-V Lab VMs
- Hyper-V virtual machine gallery and networking improvements
- Install Hyper-V on Windows Server using PowerShell
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- Four pointers on managing a hybrid IT environment
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- How does RAID 5 or RAID 6 affect storage performance and capacity?
- Top data center industry news stories so far in 2017
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From the Mailbag
In Issue #1146 Wake of disruption I talked about how Google Maps had killed the Yellow Pages to what I still feel is the detriment of myself and of small businesses. A couple of readers sent us feedback regarding that issue of our newsletter. First here's Howard who says:
We are updating Google Maps all day, every day. Generous perks and peer acknowledgement and area meetings!
Anyways, let's move on now to our main topic for this issue…
Should we end large IT projects?
Over the last couple of years I've heard or read about several large-scale IT projects that have failed. I've been wondering a lot what might have been the root cause behind these colossal failures. While it's easy to blame failure of a project on poor management practices, it could be that the causes may lie elsewhere.
One thing I've been wondering is whether the extreme pace of innovation within our industry may be a major contributor to the failure of large IT projects. Imagine for a moment a project so big in scope that it's likely to take 3-4 years to finish including the design and planning stage, testing and piloting, rollout, and evaluation. But a timeframe of 3-4 years for a project that utilizes Microsoft software for example means that by the time the project is finished the software you've incorporated is already on the cusp of losing mainstream support, which means by the time you're finished implementing the new system it's already becoming almost obsolete.
Then there are the seasons of disruption where a new technology like mobile or cloud computing basically starts taking over everything. If you start a big IT project and halfway through a new technological wave arrives, you're double screwed because your finished solution will not only be obsolete but also difficult to upgrade and lack the modern functionality that new technologies make possible.
I really don't know what the answer is. Perhaps large IT projects should be broken down into a series of smaller projects that are implemented independently not as milestones in a larger project but as standalone entities by themselves. Perhaps special training and oversight should be needed for those in charge of large IT projects to help ensure they have a high probability of coming to a successful conclusion. Or perhaps everybody should ditch proprietary software and go Open Source all the way.
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IT Pro Fitness Corner
A weightloss success story (by Paul Heimerdinger)
Way back in March 2013 when I shared my story here in WServerNews about losing weight and getting fit I received tons of feedback from readers who were struggled or had struggled with similar weight problems. One of the readers who wrote to me at the time was Paul Heimerdinger who said the following:
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Factoid of the Week
Last week's factoid and question was this:
Research suggests that in business administration courses the capacity of students to think got worse for the first few years of their studies. Have you seen any anecdotal evidence of this among recent MBA hires by your own organization?
We didn't get any responses to our question, maybe because of the Labor Day long weekend or maybe because no one wanted to blow the whistle on any newbie MBAs in their org. Or maybe it's because that young MBA is now your boss, which reminds me of the following Dilbert comic:
Anyways, let's move on to this week's factoid:
Question: Do you experience lactose intolerance? What do you do to counteract the discomfort? I myself have tried LACTAID in various formulations but it doesn't seem to help much. But I've also found that if I regularly consume certain forms of milk products like cottage cheese in sufficient quantities, my problems seem to disappear. Any ideas?
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Until next week,
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WServerNews - Editors
Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7www.mtit.com.Resource Kit and has been author or series editor for almost fifty books mostly published by Microsoft Press. Mitch is also a ten-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see
Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also manages research and marketing for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.