where succeeded means ‘delivered planned scope on time and on budget’. Scope, Time and Budget are the classic legs of the ‘Iron Triangle’ (‘What about Quality?’ ‘We don’t talk about quality, that’s a given.’ ‘Right.’) which every project leader is taught is the holy grail of a successful project. But is that really success?
I teach my Scrum students about 5 perspectives on success, depending on who you are:
Which of these is most overrated? My vote: Satisfying the Iron Triangle. Why do I say this? So many participants in my Product Owner courses, when asked what was their worst professional disaster, responded ‘We built the product, but no one wanted it. The whole effort in time and money was for nothing.’ Focusing on the project leaders definition of success misses the user and sponsor’s view of success completely.
Want your project to be a success?
Did I say ‘Do Scrum?’ Yep Scrum helps you do all the rest.