University of Wisconsin

Following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” – a list of failed and troubled projects from around the world.


University of Wisconsin
Project type : Payroll and benefits system
Date : May 2006 Cost :$28M USD

Synopsis :
Payroll and benefits system project is abandoned after 5 years of effort.  Board of governors (regents) had not received a single report on the project in its 5 years and was unaware that the University was facing a large scale project failure.

Contributing factors as reported in the press :
Lack of management oversight. Poor leadership.  Lack of planning. Bureaucratic infighting.

Reference links :

  1. Regents were in dark on failed IT project