Billions of dollars are wasted every year on projects that run over budget or get cancelled.  Exaggeration?

Well; there is some evidence about this: The Standish Group, with their well-known Chaos reports is clear about this. A few results of their ongoing investigations:

In the US alone 250 billion each year is spend on IT development projects. 31,1% of these projects fail.  That brings us to, for the US alone, on roughly 80 Billion loss, a third of 250 Billion. This does not include the opportunity costs: hard to calculate, but probably massive.

And next to the failed projects, the Standish Group mentions the projects with overrun: roughly 50%. Yes, if you add this all up very few projects get the label : “Successful”. No rocket science numbers!

And, so Standish says,  even if a project gets completed, a reduction of the original functionality is often executed.

What is interesting of course is the reason WHY!

Making projects more successful is critically important to companies and individuals, indeed anyone who wants to make our economy more efficient. So let’s change the basics of project management around and ask what’s stopping us from having more successful projects. Well: people are.

People adjust the truth to suit themselves and thus serve their own interests: More Power, More Income, More Respect. Based on one’s own interest, matters are portrayed in a better light and budgets are intentionally drawn up incorrectly. All of this is done with the express aim of influencing decision-making.

Yet, and that is amazing,  little attention has been paid to that art of undermining and manipulating projects. With more knowledge of the motivation and methods of project saboteurs, it could be combatted. This leads to large savings and better project results. Of course we wouldn’t rise the project success to 100%. That is because the human factor is not the only element at stake. But suppose we could rise project success with 5 %, doesn’t sound much, but would save billions globally straight away.

So, more attention to the human factor and Project Sabotage is required.  The recently released version of  a book called The Project Saboteur provides deep insight and offers the tools necessary to manipulate a project successfully and professionally. Yes, like a HOW- TO handbook. This is no techy how-to-plan-your-project book, but rather a look into the background of sabotage: its logic, its methods, its goals. Full of up-to-date facts and written in a humorous way, The Project Saboteur shows how to manipulate the truth and what influence such manipulation can have on the course of the project. Understand the tricks as a first step to fight back against them!

Because, importantly, the book also explains how to counter all this. Many real life cases are described so workers and managers can recognize and successfully combat the insidious conspirators. Managers learn the methods to beat the saboteurs at their own game. Saboteurs don’t win, the project does!

Dion Kotteman, author of The Project Saboteur …Knowing him is only the beginning. Available to be ordered through all bookstores in the English-speaking world, and on-line through Amazon. The ebook is available through most major eplatforms.


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