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Project management: when good IT projects go bad

Michael Fitzgerald | July 26, 2010
Problem projects--killed, euthanized or launched with disappointing results--can leave techies with unresolved feelings that linger for years.

He received a much lower end-of-year bonus than he had in previous years, despite no drop in the bank's overall financial performance, and some of the team members were shunted to less interesting, lower-profile assignments for a time.

Falling on Your Sword

When she was running IT at a law firm, Sharon K. Gietl signed off on a LAN upgrade, even though it involved some brand-new technology from Cabletron. Her network manager was excited by the technology and was an enthusiastic backer of the project.

But the equipment wasn't working, and the network kept failing. "After a month of trying to make it work, with the lawyers ready to throw IT people out the window, we pulled the plug," says Gietl, now CIO at The Doe Run Co., a metals and natural resources provider in St. Louis.