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Professional Membership with Custom Research

$10,000.00

Added to the single membership is 12-hours of virtual research and advice. Virtual research includes special queries to the CHAOS Database, DARTS reference database and other databases. Virtual research includes real-time group reflection advice from Standish User Research Forum members. It also includes advice from our Standish advisors. Virtual research can be used for Value Benchmark with any project profile and group workshop. Virtual research hours can be used for a variety of benchmarks such as a custom profiles, project success by value, project success by cost, project success by industry, project success by complexity and many other attributes. Virtual research can be used for up to 10 Pre-project Assessments.

FEATURES: A Single Project Assessment is a comprehensive, yet easy way to assess the critical elements of an individual project to improve the chance of your project coming in on time and budget. Single Project Assessment looks at all the CHAOS critical success factors and project best practices within your individual project profile and delivery organization. Pre-project Assessments also covers time & cost overrun percentages, and feature deficiency rates. You will learn what attributes give you the greatest chance of success and which attributes give your project the greatest stress. The output is a custom report that covers the CHAOS Success Factors and best practices.

  • Virtual Custom Research & Advice
  • Direct from the CHAOS Database
  • Real-time Group Refection
  • One-Project Assessment Option
  • CHAOS Knowledge Center

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Emotional Maturity Test Kit

$5,000.00

The project emotional maturity self-testing kit includes all things needed to create and execute three one-hour workshops with up to 10 people. The kit includes a detailed instruction manual with suggested meeting format; agendas, meeting tips, and questions. The first workshop for participants is to take the appraisal using our online appraisal system. After the workshop participants will be given a research report on project emotional maturity and the results of your appraisal workshop. The second workshop is to review your emotional maturity appraisal report and brainstorm improvements. After the workshop participants will be given a hard copy of “The Public Execution of Miss Scarlet”. The third workshop is to discuss the “The Public Execution of Miss Scarlet” book and see how it may or may not relate to your organization. Additional improvement brainstorming is suggested. After the third workshop participants with be given a certificate of achievement and a CHAOS University T-Shirt.

FEATURES: A Standish Advisor will provide advice on how to execute each of the workshops and get the most out of the test kit. The advisor will provide guidance on the fifty skills, your strengths, your weaknesses, our standards and our benchmark. A Standish advisor is available to execute each of the workshops for an additional fee.

  • Token to take the online emotional maturity appraisal
  • Emotional Maturity Research Report (10 Copies)
  • The Public Execution of Miss Scarlet (10 Books)
  • Certificates and T-Shirts (10 each)
  • Leader’s Manual

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Project Optimization Clinic

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Project optimization clinic is a one-day on-site workshop to optimize either your project portfolio or project requirements. The purpose of the workshop is 1) to create a fully usable optimized case; 2) provide education on the OptiMix Solution and 3) education of the OptiMix process. Participants in the workshop will take away a methodology that will have lasting positive effect on judging projects and requirements. OptiMix is a collaboration tool to help executives and non-executives choose the best projects, features and functions to provide the maximum value at the least possible risk. OptiMix helps the organization pick activities that advance the corporate or business unit goals. Note 1: Depending on the number of projects or requirements you may be required to submit a file in advance for preparation of the workshop. International travel expenses are addition to the fee.

FEATURES: The workshop uses the OptiMix major design feature: collaboration. OptiMix is designed to be used in a conference or retrospective setting to promote meaningful discussion and decision-making. OptiMix uses the patented process of converting logical constraints into linear constraints. The key to the approach is relativity and research. Relativity; meaning the ROI and Risk assessments are based on the comparison to the items in the optimization case

  • Fully Usable Case
  • Alignment with strategic goals
  • Maximize ROI, Minimize Risk
  • Education on Optimization
  • Promotes Collaboration

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CHAOS HealthCheck Appraisals & Benchmarks

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The Standish Group has several benchmarks and appraisals to fit a variety of diverse
needs and budgets. Our benchmarks and appraisals go from a single project appraisal
to a full-fledged HealthCheck. Benchmarks and appraisals can be a single event or a collection of services to create a custom engagement.

FEATURES: The heart of our benchmarks and appraisals offering is the CHAOS database of 80,000 projects and 1,000 organizations with a similar project mix. Using our exclusive match engine we will compare and contrast your results against our CHAOS database and the 100 CHAOS Best Practices.

  • Improve project Delivery
  • Improve Project Environment
  • Improve Project Value
  • Improve Executive Sponsors Skills
  • Improve Best Practice Skills

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Standish Reports



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CHAOS Manifesto 2013: Think Big, Act Small

Copyright 2013
52 pages/ea.

$500.00

CHAOS Manifesto 2013: Think Big, Act Small is the latest version of the classic CHAOS Report on the resolution of IT projects. CHAOS Manifesto 2013 is based on the collection of project case information on real-life IT environments and software projects resolved from 2003 to 2012. In this classic report we developed a special version of the factors of success for small projects using our new CHAOS database and analytic tools. The 50-page full color report details each of these factors for small projects. The report contains over forty charts from the CHAOS research project.

FEATURES: The Standish CHAOS Manifesto 2013 is a summation of over a decade and a half of work on project resolution. The Standish Group has been collecting case information on real-life IT environments and software development projects since 1985.

  • Basic CHAOS Resolution numbers
  • Factors of success for Small Projects
  • Best Practices for Small projects
  • Special data segments
  • Over 40 charts and graphs

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True Cost of a Project

Copyright 2012
8 pages/ea.

$100.00

In this research paper we cover the true cost of a project. We compare a model project budget against the true cost, which includes hidden costs. Not accounting for hidden costs skews the value and return on investment of projects. In order to mitigate the budget versus true cost we show how to use our OptiMix solution to increase value and reduce risk. Please note: The True Cost paper is also included in the single CHAOS membership.

FEATURES: We are also introducing for the first time the Innovation Funnel. The Innovation Funnel is used to encourage more breakthrough projects and improve business performance. It can also help organizations build upon improving project success rates.

  • 2012 CHAOS Numbers
  • Breakdown & Hidden Costs
  • Costs by activity
  • Breadbasket Budgets
  • Innovation Funnel

  



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The Public Execution of Miss Scarlet eBook

Copyright 2006
272 pages/ea.

$25.00

Sex, violence and project management emotional maturity highlights The Public Execution of Miss Scarlet eBook. New in eBook form this fictional mystery eBook is based on our first workshops on emotional maturity. Through this fast paced narrative we explore the Five Deadly Sins of project management and emotional maturity. The book is a composite of real project appraisal engagements. The project management professional will enjoy the setting while gaining a better understanding of the effects of emotional maturity. The ebook is written in common language devotes of all technical terms and three letter acronyms for easy reading. The non- project management professional will gain an appreciation of the aspects of project management while being entertained. The ebook is great for beach or the back yard hammock. This is an ebook and we will send you a link.

FEATURES: : The project management professional will enjoy the setting while gaining a better understanding of the effects of emotional maturity. The ebook is written in common language devotes of all technical terms and three letter acronyms for easy reading. The non- project management professional will gain an appreciation of the aspects of project management while being entertained.

  • Educational and fun at the same time
  • True triple constraints of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
  • Read on Kindle, iPad and most mobile readers
  • A better grasp of the emotional maturity skills
  • How to recognize the Five Deadly Sins

  
Books



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Executive Sponsor Research Report & Appraisal

Copyright 2013
63 pages/ea.

$100.00

Executive Sponsor Research Report is a concise overview of the roles, responsibilities and skills needed to be an effective executive sponsor. The Executive Sponsor individual Appraisal is an online self-assessment that takes about 30-minutes to complete. The output is an individual appraisal and benchmark report with suggestions on how you can improve your executive sponsor skills. The research report is broken-up into three sections: 1) Overview of the executive sponsor role with CHAOS statistics; 2) the fifty skilled needed to be an effective executive sponsor and 3) summary. The appraisal and benchmark report provides a score based on our research and benchmark against over 10,000 other executive sponsors. It also includes suggestions on how to be a better executive sponsor.

FEATURES: The Executive Sponsor Research Report is delivered in hard copy. The appraisal is done online and your report is delivered in .pdf form. A one-time token will be sent to you to access the online system and complete the appraisal.

  • Executive Sponsor Appraisal
  • Executive Sponsor Benchmark
  • Suggestions on being a better executive sponsor
  • 50-skills need to be an effective executive sponsor
  • Hard copy research report

  



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The Public Execution of Miss Scarlet Hardcopy

Copyright 2006
272 pages/ea.

$35.00

Sex, violence and project management emotional maturity highlights The Public Execution of Miss Scarlet Hard Copy Book. This fictional mystery book is based on our first workshops on emotional maturity. Through this fast paced narrative we explore the Five Deadly Sins of project management and emotional maturity. The book is a composite of real project appraisal engagements. The project management professional will enjoy the setting while gaining a better understanding of the effects of emotional maturity. The book is written in common language devotes of all technical terms and three letter acronyms for easy reading. The non-project management professional will gain an appreciation of the aspects of project management while being entertained. This book is great for beach or the back yard hammock. This is an book shopped by US Mail.

FEATURES: : The project management professional will enjoy the setting while gaining a better understanding of the effects of emotional maturity. The ebook is written in common language devotes of all technical terms and three letter acronyms for easy reading. The non- project management professional will gain an appreciation of the aspects of project management while being entertained.

  • Educational and fun at the same time
  • True triple constraints of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
  • A better grasp of the emotional maturity skills
  • How to recognize the Five Deadly Sins
  • You can use a book mark!

  
Standish Styles

Clothing and accessories for the casual look with a distinctive style. Our CHAOS University® logo is embroidered on the upper left of the apparel.



CHAOS University T-Shirts

$25.00

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Sporting the CHAOS University logo on the left chest.

FEATURES: Hanes Beefy-T 100% preshrunk heavyweight ring spun cotton, 6.1 oz., taped neck, rib collar, with double needle sleeves and bottom.


  



CHAOS StoneAged Longed Sleeve T-Shirts

$25.00

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These t-shirts also look old, but are new. Stone washed and ready to wear.The CHAOS University logo is on the left chest.

FEATURES: 100% Preshrunk heavyweight ring spun cotton, 6.1 oz., taped neck, rib collar and cuffs, double needle neck and bottom.