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ADEPT Sequence 0.1
Pre-planning Readiness Test

This Interview provides your organization with a way to explore some of the aspects of
project planning that have been shown to be vulnerable to cost overruns and delays.
Once completed, the ADEPT Report will be generated below. To engage in "what if" scenarios,
simply alter any answer to an Interview question and re-click the "ADEPT Report 0.1" button.


The ADEPT Sequence is an ordered set of structures that provide a measured basis for
effective pre-planning of IT projects. Armed with a solid base from which your organization can
begin any IT project as well as a clear understanding of how the options actually available
can be ordered to ensure project success, project management sequences can smoothly
take the project from initiation to closing.

* These fields (almost all) are important to the assessment.
If a field is left blank, it will be interpreted with a negative weighting.
If unsure on a yes/no question, "no" will get you a more informative Report.
Most numeric fields accept 0 as a valid answer (just don't leave the field blank).
Once all fields have been answered, the "ADEPT Report 0.1" button below the last question will become available.

1. Number of regular Information Technology (IT) staff: Include any outside of IT that are available as technical support (i.e. BA's)
DTM logo For questions 5 thru 8: Select a recent project that you consider typical. (Try referencing different projects to see how their impacts differ. To get useful context in terms of project risk, focus on any project(s) with challenges such as overruns or outright failure.)



5. What was the original timeline (in months) for the selected project?

6. What was the original projected cost or budget of the same project?

7. If the project budget was adjusted after project start, what was the final cost?

8. If the deadline was adjusted (change requests included) after project start, how many times?


DTM logo For questions 9 thru 16: Focus on projects undertaken in the last 12 months: (You can actually use any time range that you consider useful. Just keep that range in mind when reviewing the Report.)



9. How many projects has the IT group closed (both completed and failed)?

10. How many of completed projects finished by deadline?

11. How many of completed projects finished within budget?

12. How many projects were considered failed (closed in last 12 months, regardless of when they started)?

13. How many of closed projects met all expectations?

14. For all projects, if expectations were adjusted (change requests included) after the projects started, what was the total number of adjustments?

15. How many of the finished projects are in use as originally defined? (Number please, i.e. 0, 1, 2...)


DTM logo The next set of questions may trigger some interesting results.
While most organizations have answers available, well over half the answers often
prove to be incorrect when checked against a physical audit.

DTM logo Now think about your organization's infrastructure, in particular, your organization's server hardware.
Although most companies can be said to have a mix of server ownership and locations (i.e. few own their own internet servers),
for the purpose of the following questions, consider the servers specific to your company's infrastructure.


23. How many physical servers (regardless of ownership or location) is IT responsible for? (Number please, i.e. 0, 1, 2...)

24. How many virtual servers (regardless of ownership or location) is IT responsible for? (Number please, i.e. 0, 1, 2...)

25. How many of your organization's locations have physical servers on site? (Number please, i.e. 0, 1, 2...)
DTM logo Considering that key surveys indicate that about 40% of project failures are attributed to changing priorities in an organization:



28. How does your organization prioritize the following (order the below 1 to 5, with 1 being the highest priority): (Use each number for only one choice.)
  User satisfaction
  Deliver on time
  Deliver within budget
  Deliver planned features
  Produce high quality deliverables


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What the ADEPT Sequence will do for you


The ADEPT Sequence provides a structured pre-planning toolset.
While ADEPT is referred to as a pre-project sequence, it is completely independent of any particular project.
Think of it as pre-any-project.
In fact, ADEPT can often be utilized in circumstances where no project is even envisioned.
Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do we know exactly what resources and assets are available for new purposes?
    For that matter, do we have a complete inventory of functioning hardware?
    Software? Staff skillsets? SME resources, both internal and external?
  • Have we surveyed frontline staff to ascertain their current expectations for process improvement?
    How about their perception of our track record for changes?
  • Have we changed any of our ways of introducing new processes or toolsets based on what we learned from recent innovation efforts?
  • Have recent attempted innovations met original expectations?

ADEPT creates a space for IT project pre-planning by defining a complete process between Executive decision and project initiation. An ADEPT Sequence provides the environment and context for efficiently dealing with most of the project downfalls long before they occur.


The space in the IT market that ADEPT defines has not previously existed. It's not just that pre-project planning was not considered a separate entity; the existing framework for thinking about an IT project assumed that the transition from Executive demand to project initiation occurred in an infinitely small space, requiring no insertion of a commodity to systematize the transition.
Put another way, specific tools for formalized pre-planning of IT projects did not exist. The result has been a high percentage of costly project failures, especially at the enterprise level. ADEPT Space and Sequence protocols prevents this.