14.1 Why is the decision to terminate a project often as much an emotional one as an intellectual one?
14.2 Comment on the different methods for project termination. How have you seen an example of one of these methods, through either your school or work experience?
14.3 Why do so many projects end up terminated as a result of termination through starvation? Discuss the role of ego, power, and politics in this form of project termination.
14.4 Refer back to Chapter 2. How does the concept of escalation of commitment factor into decisions of whether to terminate projects?
14.5 Consider the case of the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship in Case Study 14.3. Take the position that terminating this project after having invested so much in research and development represented a good or bad decision by the Navy. Argue your case.
14.6 Of the seven elements in project closeout management, which do you view as being most important? Why?
14.7 What are the four principles of effective post-project reviews?
14.8 What are some of the reasons why objective project evaluation may be difficult to achieve?
14.9 Why do lessons learned programs often fail to capture meaningful information that could help guide future projects?
14.10 Comment on the following statement: “In deciding whether or not to kill a project, it is critical to continually monitor the environment for signs it may no longer be viable.”
14.11 Refer to the Project Management Research in Brief box in this chapter. In your opinion, why is it so difficult to bring IT projects to successful completion? In other words, identify some reasons why the cancellation rate for IT projects is 40%.
14.12 Imagine you are a team member on a project that has missed deadlines, has not produced the hoped-for technological results, and has been a source of problems between your team and the customer. You have just been informed that the project is being canceled. In what ways is this
good news? How would you view it as bad news?