What is failure about?

Four main reasons why software projects fail

A study by the PMI in 2016 found that up to 14% of all software projects fail. This indicates that while the software industry is growing steadily, a large part of the projects and ventures are not leading to the desired success.

When a company starts a software project, it is usually important. So how can you be sure that your Project Not fails? In this post, we reveal four reasons why software development can fail - and practical solutions to make it a success.

1. Ambiguous or vague requirements for the software projects

Defining the requirements for software projects is the first step in ensuring that the project is a success. Nevertheless, in their zeal, companies often overlook details that can throw a project off track, as they naturally want to satisfy their customers and accept the order. It is even worse when requirements are poorly communicated or even misunderstood. An example: A customer needs a developer who is familiar with coding PHP and .Net is familiar. On the other hand, they understand that the customer wants to hire a programmer who does PHP or .Net masters. Do you see the difference?

Detailed requirements do not exist without a reason. They help us to define clear goals in order to complete a project successfully. They also ensure that the end product has the actual Corresponds to the customer's expectations.

How can you address this issue?

All software projects are unique and every customer is different. The easiest way to make sure you are on the right track is to lots Ask questions. Even if the questions seem ridiculous or obvious at first, it's always better to play it safe than to be wrong. The fact is, if you don't understand something, it's almost certain that others in the room will feel the same way, but also don't dare to say something.

Are the requirements specific and measurable? Can they be realistically fulfilled? Are the requirements understandable? These are all questions that will help define the requirements for the project.

Once you are sure that you have clearly defined the requirements, write everything down in a detailed document. Then talk to your customer again. Use the time to fine-tune everything, adjust specifications, add details, and make sure everyone understands each other.

2. Poor or limited communication

Effective communication is crucial for the success of any project. Just because you understand your customer's needs doesn't mean your developers do too. Sometimes employees are too shy to express doubts or ask questions.

Transparent and open communication is the dream of every project manager. Yes, it may be stressful when inconsistencies (or technical problems) arise, but in the end, this approach will lead to a successful and consistent result. When worries build up and problems are ignored, you risk the success of your software projects.

What you should do?

It's easy: communicate better. Establish a genuine culture of conversation and encourage your employees to speak up about hesitations, complaints and anything else on their minds. Eliminate the constant "blackening culture" that is now commonplace in many modern offices.

Schedule weekly meetings with your developers to make sure everything is going right. Use this time to speak openly and honestly with one another, to motivate your employees, to assess their progress and to identify any obstacles. In this way you ensure that everyone involved is always up to date on the project.

Talk to your customers

Communication problems are not just internal problems. Depending on the project, you should always keep the customer up to date. Even if that means you are admitting minor problems or delays.

Show the client the progress of the project - reports, numbers, everything matters. Take this opportunity to show your customers that you take software projects as seriously and seriously as he does. Communication, they say, is everything.

3. Bad planning

In a survey by Innotas, 55% of all IT experts questioned said that the development of their project failed due to the factors of time, manpower and budget. The main reason for this is poor planning. In fact, this is the only reason if unforeseen circumstances are excluded.

Many companies forego a feasibility study or do not think in detail about the feasibility of a project. This can lead to unrealistic expectations (mostly significantly overly optimistic expectations) and this almost automatically leads to stress and disappointment. In the worst case scenario, there aren't enough leaders to guide the developers. Without leadership and with little motivation, it's no surprise that software projects fail.

What can you do?

Get senior management on board right from the start. If the requirements for the project change or the expectations are too optimistic, there has to be someone who can adjust the planning accordingly; someone who oversees the execution of the project and makes sure that everything goes according to plan.

Customers want their software projects to be finished yesterday, at the lowest price for the best quality. That is understandable. Because you don't want to disappoint them, reassure them that you can. In the worst case scenario, the project will be delayed, the budget will be exceeded and you will have problems.

The easiest way to prevent this from happening is to be open. Present the facts and figures to the customer and be as open as possible. If a deadline is unrealistic, make sure your client is aware of it. This is a necessary step to ensure that you are delivering a successful project - even if it takes a little longer than the client would have liked.

4. Below average competence of the developers

If your software projects fail after you have taken care of all analysis, planning and good communication, you have to face a sad truth: your developers are not good enough.

Sometimes it's because you don't schedule enough skilled developers for a project, skip tests, or want to get results through savings.

Sometimes it's the budget: the company wants to save, so it “invests” in outsourcing for a tenth of the normal price. Lo and behold, the quality corresponds to the price and the whole project turns into a letdown. It doesn't matter how meticulously you plan, if the developers aren't good enough, your software projects will run into problems.

How can you prevent that?

Install a quality assurance team. The main job of this team is to test the code under various conditions to ensure that the software is working properly. When you hire the right QA experts, you improve the quality of the software you develop.

Do you want to opt for a more cost-effective way or you have more orders than you can process, consider an offshore model for your software development. We have written a short guide on offshore development in India that explains what it is all about.

Software development is an art that requires expertise and detailed planning. If you observe the points that we have addressed in this text, nothing stands in the way of a successful software project. I wish you success!

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Editor's note:

When we speak of developers, programmers, candidates, employees, or other job titles in this article, we mean women and men alike.

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