December 2019 NH Tech Alliance TechWomen Power Breakfast: Five Ways to Avoid IT Failure

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Studies show that software projects fail at a rate nearly double that of non-software projects. Joanna Young, an executive consultant and former CIO and CFO, will present five methods for reducing the risk of failure and increasing customer delight at the New Hampshire Tech Alliance (Alliance) TechWomen Power Breakfast on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The event will run from 7:30 to 9 am at the Manchester Country Club, 180 South River Road, Bedford.

According to the Project Management Institute’s 2018 Pulse of the Profession report, the top three causes of failed IT projects were a result of a change in the organization’s priorities (39%), a change in the project’s objectives (37%) or inaccurate requirements (35%). All this results in nearly 10% of every dollar wasted as a result of poor project performance. 

“To support New Hampshire’s evolving technology ecosystem, it’s imperative that IT projects are streamlined and successful to build thriving organizations and to continue supporting our local economy,” said Melissa Jurkoic, chair of the TechWomen Power Breakfast Committee. “We are eager to hear how Joanna has transformed businesses and supported high-achieving teams benefiting organizations through improved project performance.” 

Young has led large, complex technology programs nationally and abroad in financial services, insurance, healthcare and research institutions. Most recently, she was the chief delivery officer for BlueLine Associates where she led the consulting division and provided hands-on advice to clients. She is known for her ability to transform organizations into high-achieving teams, focus on improvement, drive lean management, upskill talent and rationalize technology. 

“The larger an IT project, the more likely it is to fail,” Young said. “Less than 3% of companies complete IT projects successfully, which is why it’s so important to avoid IT failures.” 

The December 11 TechWomen Power Breakfast is sponsored by Dartmouth Hitchcock. Tickets are $10 for Alliance members and $20 for non-members. Tickets are available here or by calling (603)-935-8951. Seating is limited, so individuals are encouraged to register early.