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Common Causes of Failure

National Audit Office (NAO)/Cabinet Office (formerly known as Office of Government Commerce  or OGC) agreed list of common causes of project failure
  • Lack of a clear link between the project and the organisation's key strategic priorities, including agreed measures of success
  • Lack of clear senior management and Ministerial ownership and leadership
  • Lack of effective engagement with stakeholders
  • Lack of skills and a proven approach to project and risk management
  • Too little attention to breaking the development and implementation into manageable steps
  • Evaluation of proposals driven by initial price rather than long-term value for money (especially in securing the delivery of business benefits)
  • Lack of understanding of, and contact with, the supply industry at senior levels in the organisation
  • Lack of effective project team integration between clients, the supplier team and the supply chain

*Extract from NAO Report on Delivering successful IT-enabled business change.