The CHAOS Manifesto

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The CHAOS Manifesto 2012 is a compilation of view on global project statistics specifically concentrated on the United States and Europe. The report is based on four Standish Services: the CHAOS knowledge center, DARTS (Demand Assessment Requirements Tracking Survey), Executive Sponsor Workshops and Executive Interviews. Although the manifesto concentrates on statistics primarily whereas, the 2012 report talks about the various success factors of an executive sponsor as leadership plays a crucial role in deciding the success or failure of a project. The CHAOS knowledge center collects monthly survey which include 20-25 survey question, the DARTS is an online research instrument.
The report is also based on 18 years of CHAOS research on
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This observation about the importance of the executive sponsor playing a crucial role is the main motivation behind creating this CHAOS Manifesto 2012. The executive sponsor has been defined as the owner of the project. The owner of the project is entitled to the responsibilities of the success and failure of project making him the single most important person in a project.

The report moves on to underlining the various factors of success of project. It says that the foremost and the most important factor is the Executive Sponsor. The other factors of success are given as follows:
Executive Management Support, the report say that the executive sponsor can be single handedly responsible for success and failure of a project.
User Involvement, According to research carried out the lesser the user involvement the higher the chances are that the project will perform poorly.
Clear Business Objectives, the report talks about how it’s absolutely essential that the project business objectives align with that of the organization objectives.
Emotional Maturity, the factor basically underlines the importance of a good ecosystem to carry out the project.
Optimization, the report talks about efficiency of a project can be increased by making the project optimal i.e. taking into consideration all aspects of the project like scope,…

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