Digital Projects actually aren't all that different
Good article on "What makes diigital projects different (and what to do about it)". The challenges are well laid out. What is to me very interesting is that the challenges are virtually identical to the historical reasons that projects have been failing for the past 20 years. For example: "sponsor-driven decision delays, subject matter expertise bottlenecks and a lack of clarity that speed should be a priority for project teams" have been headlines in the analysis of project failure for decades (Standish Group, Forbes, PMI and more).
If looking through the lens of Digital means that we can start to honestly address the obstacles and overcome them, then I'm all for using Digital as the code name for 'just fixing what's been broken for a very long time." I am optimistic that the Digital lens may allow everyone to start afresh. My team and I have in fact built a transformation methodology desinged to keep the fresh, enthusiastic Digital lens from fogging up with the underlying business culture issues that drive failure. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, perhaps we can change the project success rates, dramatically.
Managing Director, Kansys Bridge