IBM

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” – a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. IBM (International Business Machines) - USA Project type : Organizational performance improvement and strategic realignment Project name : Roadmap 2015 Date : 2010-2014  Cost : Unknown Synopsis : Most of the projects noted in the catalogue were aimed at producing some form of product or tangible deliverable. IBM’s “Roadmap 2015” initiative is a little dif...
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Sinking of the RMS Tayleur

Following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed and troubled projects from around the world. White Star Line Project name : RMS Tayleur Project type : Passenger ship Date : 1854 (filed under historical failures) Cost : Unknown Synopsis : The sinking of the White Star Line's Titanic on her first voyage is one of the world's classic disaster stories. What few people know is that the Titanic was not the first passenger liner sailing under the White St...
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Avon Products

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Avon Products - Canada Project type : Product sales and ordering system Project name : The "Promise" project Date : Dec 2013  Cost : $100 to $125M Synopsis : Ding-dong - Avon calling. According to reports, a significant number of the Avon sales team in Canada will no longer be pressing any doorbells. One of the world's most established direct sales compan...
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J.C. Penny

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. J. C. Penny Company Inc - USA Project type : Nationwide merchandise pricing strategy Project name : Fair and square Date : Nov 2011 - May 2013  Cost : Contributor to $1B loss Synopsis : Know thy customer is the marketer's prime directive. Understand your stakeholder's is the Project Manager's corollary. J.C. Penny is a national level department store chai...
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J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. J.P. Morgan Chase  & Co.  Project type: Financial risk analysis tool Project name: New Synthetic Credit VaR (Value at Risk) Model Date: Sep 2011 (project) - Apr-Jun 2012 (operational failure) Cost: Approximately $6B Synopsis: Sometimes the mightiest of the mighty is humbled by the meekest of the meek. Microsoft Excel may not be the most grandiose sof...
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British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB)

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed and troubled projects from around the world. British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) Limited – Middlesex, UK Project type: Customer Relations Management system Project name: Sky CRM Project Date: Jan 2010 court case concluded   Cost: £265M Synopsis: 2010 marked the end of another chapter in what is reputed to be IT's longest and most expensive court battle: the battle between BSkyB (a digital televi...
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Airbus – A380

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Airbus SAS - France Project name : A380 Project type : Commercial aircraft development Date : Dec 2000 - Oct 2007 Cost : $6.1B in additional costs due to project delays*1 Synopsis : I've often written about decision-making in the project environment and how the decisions made in a project shape the outcomes the project achieves. Often when a project ...
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Boeing Commercial Aeroplanes

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed or troubled projects from around the world. Boeing Commercial Aeroplanes - USA Project name : 787 Dreamliner Project type : Commercial aircraft development Date : Jan 2003 - Jan 2013 Cost : Additional $12B to $18B on top of original $5B cost estimate Synopsis : For Boeing Commercial Aeroplanes the week of January 14, 2013  has been a bad one. Images of firefighters tackling a fire onboard a Japan ...
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Sanctuary of Mercy Church – Borja, Spain

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed and troubled projects from around the world. Sanctuary of Mercy Church - Borja, Spain Date : Aug 2012 Cost : Unknown Synopsis : Granted, this is the smallest project in the catalogue, but it is a good illustration of one of the most basic building blocks of a successful project: the need for people with the right knowledge, skills and experience! Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elias Garcia Martinez w...
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Project Orca – 2012 US Presidential Campaign

The following entry is a record in the “Catalogue of Catastrophe” - a list of failed and troubled projects from around the world. 2012 Mitt Romney Presidential Campaign - USA Project name : Orca Project type : Political campaign - Operations management system Date : Nov 2012 Cost : Unknown Synopsis : The 2012 US Presidential election illustrates how the failure to properly test a key system can cause an embarrassing failure at a critical point in time. To help manage the logistics...
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