Recipe for project failure


Find below the recipe for project failure from an interesting case study http://faculty.up.edu/lulay/failure/vasacasestudy.pdf

  • Excessive schedule pressure: Unrealistic project plans
  • Changing needs: Frequent changes / Not following any change control practices
  • Lack of technical specifications: The specifications were not revised as the operational requirements changed.
  • Lack of a documented project artifacts: Knowledge rests with people. If the person leaves you are sunk
  • Excessive innovation: Trying out unwarranted technologies which are not be really required
  • Lack of scientific methods: Not following proven scientific methods in key tasks like estimation (function points), design (UML) etc
  • Ignoring the obvious: Going Live even after performance test results are pathetic 🙂
  • Possible mendacity: Hiding the facts 

 

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