Almost half software projects fail by either not being on time (49%) or on budget (43%), according to the 9th Global Project Management Survey. The problem is not technical. If it were a technical problem it would have been solved by now with new knowledge taught in technical courses. Detailed analysis and intricate planning would then prevent delays and cost overruns, but it does not. The problem is in applying management principles to technology.
There is a divide in how people talk between people who build technological solutions and those who sell these solutions or visions of such solutions. When people talk about “innovation” and “disruption” it is a game to instil external motivation. Some people speak about innovation to fuel ambitions towards building empires or creating unicorns. Other people talk about radical change to chase people towards an unstated agenda: buy my product, pay for my services or join my following. Few people know buzzwords are pawns on the board in the games of sales and influence.