An empirical assessment of IT project selection and evaluation methods in state government

Information technology (IT) projects succeed or fail for many reasons. Two of the most prevalent reasons involve the project selection and evaluation methodologies that IT project managers use. This article examines a study of the IT project selection and evaluation methodologies--the critical success factors--used by IT project managers working in United States state governments. In doing so, it identifies why project practitioners should study the IT methodologies used in the public sector; it describes why the authors initiated this study, noting their objective and its significance. It discusses previous research studying the different financial and qualitative methods used--in both the public and the private sector--to select and evaluate IT projects. It then outlines the study's survey and methodology and analyzes the survey results.
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