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Rescuing an IT Project Nightmare

Dear MOM,

Our new software system was supposed to be up and running 6 months ago. The firm we hired to build it keeps telling us they’re almost finished, but I’ve lost confidence in them.

We’re way over budget already, and I’m afraid that if we don’t get this thing successfully to the finish line, I will lost my job!

Should I just bite the bullet and fire them? How will I get a replacement firm – and how can I avoid the same thing happening again?

Signed,

CIO in Trouble

Dear CIO, 

You’ve come to the right place for help!

To make you feel better, you should read 2 of our client stories, Miscalculated Risk and When It’s Sink or Swim. Both describe the dramatic – and true – accounts of CIOs who were in your same dire straits, with projects that were failing, budgets that were blown – and careers that were on the line.

Both will give you comfort that you’re not alone, and more importantly, they will tell you what other CIOs did to rescue their doomed projects.

And to avoid the same thing happening again, check out Nightmares in Technology Projects. It’s a great guide to identifying – and avoiding – these common problems.  

I hope you find our stories and our guide helpful. And of course, if you need a referral for an outstanding IT consulting firm, I can definitely help you with that! 

Good luck!

MOM 

About MOM

MOM is a seasoned IT advisor, business consultant, and former programmer. She wrote her first program many years ago, on the UNIVAC I, in COBOL. After skating punch tape around all day, she got to talking and giggling with a co-worker and wrote a “hot or not” program ranking the eligible bachelors in the office. From there, MOM's career in IT took off, and she gained a reputation as a go-to advisor for technology solutions that revitalize business. Drawing from over 25 years in the ever-changing technology landscape, MOM has seen it all - from dramatic growth to dismal failure. Her history of "coming through in the clutch" has saved numerous projects (and businesses...and careers) from certain disaster, and we are proud to call on MOM for her wisdom, her savvy and of course, her advice.