Project Failures

BP Oil Spill
This article describes why a very basic issue in project management was neglected not only in this BP project but also in the Columbia Shuttle disaster. Do we need better systems? One expert says no.
Hewlett Packard - Project failure lessons learned
Upon receiving my MBA, I worked for Hewlett-Packard as a process engineer. In the first six months I was assigned my first project: to design a state-of- the-art printed circuit manufacturing and assembly facility. It was my first failed project, but not my last!
Chrysler - Project Failure Lessons Learned
When Chrysler merged with Fiat on June 10, 2009, there was cause for hope and optimism. The auto industry is still important in the US (In 1953 President of GM, Charles E. Wilson, said that what is Good for General Motors is good for the country) and this merger, should it live up to its expectations, might just prove that we are not dead yet.
Viewtron - Project Failure Lessons Learned
Sometimes a project can be executed perfectly but eventually fails because it is the right project introduced at the wrong time. What responsibility do project managers have in ensuring that this does not happen?
Circuit City - Project Failure Lessons Learned
When Circuit City filed for Bankruptcy protection in November 2008, management still expressed hope that the 60 year-old company could be saved. But on Friday January 17th 2008, they threw in the towel and announced the closing of 567 stores in the United States.
Columbia Shuttle Disaster - Project Failure Lessons Learned
On February 1, 2003 seven astronauts perished when their Columbia Shuttle disintegrated as it reentered the earth's atmosphere. During launch a piece of foam insulation, similar in composition to a Styrofoam cup and about the size of a briefcase, broke away from the main propellant tank. The foam struck the left wing seriously breaching the protective panels on its leading edge (Gehman, 2003).
Denver Baggage Handling - Project Failure Lessons Learned
On August 29, 2005 hurricane Katrina raced across the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in New Orleans Louisiana. When it was over, this category 5 storm had breached the levees, flooded eighty percent of the city, killed 1,500 people, and left over 80 billion in damages. It was the costliest natural disaster in US history.
Hurricane Katrina - Project Failure Lessons Learned
On August 29, 2005 hurricane Katrina raced across the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in New Orleans Louisiana. When it was over, this category 5 storm had breached the levees, flooded eighty percent of the city, killed 1,500 people, and left over 80 billion in damages. It was the costliest natural disaster in US history, and underscores the high costs of failed projects.
Mars Climate Orbiter and Mars Polar Lander - Project Failure Lessons Learned
As part of the NASA Mars Surveyor Program, the Mars Climate Orbiter was to orbit Mars and collect environmental and weather data. But as the spacecraft approached its destination, telemetry signals fell silent, and a $125 million mission failed.
Merck Vioxx - Project Failure Lessons Learned
Drug discovery and approval is a lengthy and costly process, and for this reason it is difficult for drug companies to pull the plug on failed projects. Vioxx is one case where the plug should have been pulled, but it wasn't.
Microsoft Xbox 360 - Project Failure Lessons Learned
When Microsoft rushed its video game console, Xbox, to market in November 2005 it had a one year advantage over Sony and Nintendo. But problems with the product ocurred and Microsoft resisted taking responsibility. In the end it cost them money and customer loyalty.
Mount Everest Disaster 1996 - Project Failure Lessons Learned
On May 10, 1996 five climbers died on Mt. Everest, the deadliest day in the mountains history. learn how the mistakes that were made have provided several important project management lessons.
Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Ike - Project Failure Lessons Learned
On August 29, 2005 hurricane Katrina, a category 5 storm, raced across the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in New Orleans, Louisiana. When it was over, levees had been breached, eighty percent of the city was flooded, 1,500 people had died, and property damage exceeded $80 billion.
The Financial Crisis 2008 - Project Failure Lessons Learned
The financial crisis of 2008 has left us with some very good lessons that can be useful in preventing project failures of all kinds.
New York City Subway Communications System - Project Failure Lessons Learned
In New York City, police officers working underground in the city's extensive rapid transit subway system were routinely unable to communicate with officers working the streets above ground. The problem occurred because the communication systems they used were incompatible
Coast Guard Maritime Domain Awareness Project - Project Failure Lessons Learned
When commercial aircraft were used as lethal weapons during the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001, it served to highlight the vulnerability of the US and other Western countries to unconventional attack from the air, land or sea.
Airbus A380 - Project Failure Lessons Learned
It is not very often that we can attribute a project failure directly to a culture that management has tried to change but for political reasons finds it impossible to do so. The project failure at Airbus is one such example.

Barry Shore