Working Towards Success Factors in Software Development Projects

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Title: Working Towards Success Factors in Software Development Projects
Author: Ikonen, Marko
Date: 2009
Belongs to series: Department of Computer Science Series of Publications C Report C-2009-19
Abstract: Software projects are born and die but their problems remain. While equipment and tools are more powerful than ever before, the success rates of the projects are still poor. This report addresses project failures and their reasons based on the literature. In addition, key subjects for improving one’s own projects are presented. Awareness of underlying weaknesses in these projects makes it possible to find targets for improvements. The report mainly focuses on software engineering projects. However, the viewpoint can be applied education (e.g. capstone software project) as well as to improve situational awareness in student projects and to recognize problems in early stages of those projects. As a result, this report eases the work of project managers and supervisors by addressing key points of failures and success. With this knowledge, managers and supervisors can tailor a specific questionnaire to find targets of improvements from their projects.
Description: D.2.9 Management – programming teams, productivity K.6.3 Software Management – software process

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