It’s the sad truth but many projects being started right now will fail. The failure rates of projects in all industries are still, unfortunately at levels that are too high. As someone that has been involved with the project management field for over 10 years I can assure you that it’s not the project manager's fault.
So why is there such a high failure rate? I blame some of it on the expectations of clients and stakeholders but those expectations can be managed by a professional project manager with the right training and skills sucg as those advoacted by the Association for Project Management (APM). For some reason many people still expect to start a project with little planning or controls in place and then expect it to be successfully delivered.