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Insights on Program Success

Special Report
This 2009 report examines the reasons why some programs fail and studies the factors that lead to program success.

Software Engineering Institute

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Why do some programs fail? What are the factors that lead to program success? Two organizations, the Systems and Software Consortium, Inc. (SSCI) and the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), recently examined the reasons, and concluded that while many are technical reasons, the greatest influence is people and the things they do individually and in teams that lead to program success or failure.