Why Large Projects Fail Part 4
CHAOS Tuesday #41 is the fourth part of our series on why large projects fail. Our special guests are Marilyn Smith and Gene Bounds. Marilyn Smith is the CIO for George Mason University. Gene Bounds is the CEO of Bounds Associates. One of the major highlights of this show is the comments on the inspiring executive sponsor. How this type of executive sponsor improves the chance of success. In this program we explore:
- The inspiring executive sponsor
- Specifications versus reality
- Issue management
- Vendor management
- Dealing with a visionary
Marilyn Smith is the CIO for George Mason University. Ms. Smith was the former Head of Information Services and Technology at MIT. She also worked at The Hanover Insurance Group and Liberty Mutual Group, and is a graduate of Babson College.
Gene Bounds is the president of Bounds Associates. Bounds Associates provides advice, assistance, and training on business management, project/program management, acquisition management, and financial management. Mr. Bounds worked for Booz Allen Hamilton and Robbins-Gioia.
Steve Edwards is a senior vice president of Carrier Services at Neustar. Steve has over 25 years experience in the global Telecoms and High-Tech industry including start-up ventures and multi-national corporations. Steve has significant experience in business operations, product management, business development and corporate/strategic marketing.
Jim Johnson is the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 40 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on project performance and early recognizing technology trends. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through case-based analytical technology.
Jim is the chief information officer and architect for The Standish Group International. He is an experienced executive with over 40 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. He has had a diverse career leading IT organizations in academia, biomedical, manufacturing, and software companies.
Dan Horsey is a senior information technology executive. His expertise includes project management, software design and development. His skilled in networks, distributed processing, enterprise Architecture and technology strategy. He also has experience in marketing strategy, and business/technology alignment. Dan has held senior positions are the IRS, Bureau of National Affairs and Thomson Corp.