A study conducted by PMI indicated that roughly 14% of all software projects fail. This implies that while the software industry continues to grow exponentially, an honest chunk of software projects and endeavors still don’t pan outright. So how are you able to confirm that your project doesn’t fail? During this blog post, we’ll explore four reasons why software development projects fail, the way to hire developers that job for your business, and actionable solutions to assist keep them going!
1. Unclear or vague project requirements
Defining project specifications is the beginning of executing a successful project. However, in their eagerness to please potential clients and shut a deal, companies often overlook details that would derail a project down the road. In other cases, project requirements are often poorly communicated and completely misunderstood between parties. For example, the client may require a developer who is proficient in coding in PHP and .Net. However, your understanding is also that the client is looking to rent a developer who is proficient in coding in PHP or .Net. See the difference?
2. Poor or limited communication
One of the first reasons why software projects fail is the lack of communication. simply because you’ve understood the client’s requirements, doesn’t mean that your developers have. A transparent and candid conversation could be a project manager’s dream. Yes, it’d cause some stress when disagreements arise, but they eventually cause a successful and well-rounded project. When concerns are bottled up and problems glossed over, we risk jeopardizing the full engagement and causing the software project to fail.
3. Poor planning
In a survey by Innotas, 55% of IT professionals indicated that their development project failed because of a scarcity of time, staff, and budget. The most reason behind this can be poor planning. Many companies don’t do a correct feasibility study or maybe give much thought to the important logistics of a project. This may cause unrealistic expectations which invariably result in stress and disappointment.
4. Substandard engineers
If a software project fails despite thorough requirement analysis, planning, and communication, then, unfortunately, your developers just aren’t ok. Sometimes it’s a case of not hiring assigning enough qualified engineers to the project, being lazy with testing, or trying to accelerate results by cutting corners. Other times it’s cost-based: the corporate wants to save lots of money so they invest in outsourcing for a tenth of the same old price. Lo and behold, the standard matches the worth and therefore the whole project may be a disaster. It doesn’t matter how thorough you’re with planning or logistics: if you don’t hire the proper developers, your software project will fail.