Ça Va de Soi: A Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of a Failed IT Project

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CASE STUDY. This two-part case study of a Canadian knitwear SME called Ça Va de Soi (CVDS) presents a real-life situation: an IT project failure (part A) and how the project was “resuscitated” and transformed into a success (part B).

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Abstract

This two-part case study of a Canadian knitwear SME called Ça Va de Soi (CVDS) presents a real-life situation: an IT project failure (part A) and how the project was “resuscitated” and transformed into a success (part B). The case highlights (1) the challenges and risks of IT projects for SMEs, (2) the importance of evaluating and selecting the right IT supplier and managing relationships, and (3) how, during a retrospective, lessons learned from a project failure can be transferred and applied to other IT projects.

Teaching objectives

This case aims to have students reflect on and discuss the following:

  1. The challenges and risks of IT projects carried out by SMEs;
  2. The importance of carefully evaluating and selecting IT suppliers and managing relationships with them, and;
  3. How lessons learned from a failed project can be transferred and applied to other IT projects

Main themes covered

  • Key characteristics of SMEs and IT adoption drivers
  • Importance of a strategic IT vision and IT project alignment
  • Challenges and risks of IT projects for SMEs
  • Importance of evaluating and selecting appropriate business partners
  • Lessons learned from an abandoned project (transforming drifting projects)
  • Project failure and project success

Concepts and theories related to the case

  • IT adoption drivers of SMEs
  • Strategic IT vision and project alignment
  • IT project risk management and success factors
  • The application of lessons learned to other IT projects

Two parts case

Part A: The Fall

Part B: The Rise (included only with the « Enseignement par professeurs » license)

Additional information

Teaching notes are available for professors. Contact HEC Montreal Case Centre.

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