We all like metrics, statistics, and measurements that let us know how we’re doing. Released about a week ago, the 2009 Standish CHAOS Report should have plenty of numbers. Jim Johnson, the guy behind it all, cites some numbers pulled from the report. It appears failure is on the rise. In fact, it’s the highest failure rate in over a decade.
I’ve always liked the Standish report. It’s packed full of interesting and high impact statistics that can really help drive a point home – especially when you’re on stage presenting. But you also have to be careful about reading too deeply into those number. It’s very easy to metriculate, and some have challenged the accuracy of the numbers within prior reports.