Re: IT Investments: 5 Common Mistakes
Even though some of these pitfalls may sound obvious, you're absolutely right that they still seem to pop up in a majority of IT projects, David. Maybe that's because of their nature - especially when talking about the long-term issues, like employee adoption, it's very easy (re: tempting) to just brush them aside at the start, and not notice any difference as you move along with your project. Only long after (maybe even years after), it comes back to bite you, and by then it's too late to do anything about it. It's the difference between wanting to do something and wanting to do it right.
If we look at these points carefully, we'll see that they're not even necessarily all that distinct. They sort of congeal into a couple of overrall points - do your research, and have realistic expectations. That's all we really need to do, but the hows and whys may vary depending on the what your organization is like, and what the specific project at hand is. That being said, you will never regret doing your research upfront, although there is some concern of the project taking too long, as pcharles points out.