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One-third of Agile Projects Result In Failure

Agile ERP Projects are Uniquely Positioned to Fall Short, says UpperEdge

BOSTON, MA – March 20, 2018 – Studies have shown that nearly one-third of Agile projects fail, but the risk of failure for organizations attempting to scale Agile for ERP implementation projects is even higher, according to UpperEdge.

“ERP implementation projects are notoriously complex and face unique challenges. Challenges of scope rigidity, fixed implementation windows and integration complexity are not aligned with the overall philosophies of Agile methods,” said John Belden, UpperEdge Project Execution Advisory Leader.

“Agile project contracts also tend to favor the Systems Integrator (SI) as they often entail keeping the agreements open-ended with time and material constructs, with limited ability to hold the SI accountable for delivery performance,” John continued.

On April 11th, John Belden will be speaking about Contracting and Delivering Agile at Enterprise Scale at the upcoming CIO Peer Forum in Vancouver.

This session will explore:

• Risks and uncertainties associated with agile at scale compared to traditional Waterfall methods
• Specific risk mitigation techniques
• Methods to contractually transfer risk to providers

Though it may seem like the odds are stacked against them, companies can still be successful at scaling agile for ERP projects if they understand the associated risks and prepare accordingly. This educational session will provide companies with actionable insights for finding success with complex agile projects that are prone to failure.


Register for our complimentary webinar following John’s presentation, Contracting and Delivering Agile at Enterprise Scale, on April 24th at 11:00 EDT.


CIO Peer Forum, organized by CIO Association of Canada, will be held at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC on April 10-11. To learn more, please visit


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