In baseball, if you fail to get a hit seven out of 10 times, that\u2019s a .300 average and you\u2019re regarded as a top performer. But CIOs\n\tdon\u2019t play baseball. They play the game of business, and failing seven out of 10 times is not only embarrassing, it\u2019s unacceptable.\n\n\tThat\u2019s why I took a hard look at some of the startling statistics that CIO has uncovered over the past few issues. In\n\tWhen Failure Is Not an Option, we cited a biennial study by the Standish Group reporting\n\tthat just 29 percent of IT projects conducted in 2004 were completed on time, on budget, and with all features and functions\n\toriginally specified. In Federal IT Flunks Out, we identified\n\ta minimum of eight government projects that either have failed already or seem about to do so. And the government has already spent\n\tmore than $12 billion on these projects!\n\n\tTrust me when I say that I am the CIO\u2019s biggest champion and understand that it\u2019s not always (or even often) the CIO\u2019s\n\tfault when projects fail or go substantially over budget. But as CIOs begin to lead growth initiatives for their businesses, it\u2019s\n\timperative that they build trust with their CXO peers. Hitting .300 in today\u2019s business world just ain\u2019t going to cut it, and\n\tit will certainly not get you into anyone\u2019s Hall of Fame.\n\n\tHow can projects get so out of control? How can so many projects fail? Is it the system, the talent, the expectations? I would love to hear\n\tyour thoughts because the only way that CIOs will ultimately get the respect they deserve is when they can stand tall and deliver on their promises.