June 19, 2006

Software Projects Failure

Just came across an insightful article by Mr. Caper Jones on why software projects fail.

In beginning of the articles he mentions the following three reasons for the project failrure

1. Executives often reject accurate and conservative estimates.
2. Executives apply harmful schedule pressure that damages quality.
3. Executives add major new requirements in mid-development.

In majority of the Indian IT service organizations, I think 2nd point is the most valid point.

In IT service sector, may be due to the competitive nature of business.

Mr Jones also talks about the status reporting and how a proper training on status reporting is undervalued and ignored, although it’s a critical factor in the decision making process of an organization.

Click here and enjoy the insightful discussion.

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