Why Do Software Projects Fail?

In a highly competitive environment of the software development industry, a substantial amount of projects ends up with a failure. There are so many great software projects that are meant to change people’s lives dramatically and become the best-selling IT product!

But then something goes wrong due to the specific reasons. Maybe for some people, these reasons seem to be obvious, but the reality is tough: still, a lot of potentially great software projects fail. Below, we discuss main reasons that can bring your project to a failure.

#1. Misunderstanding the problem at hand.

You conduct a thorough marketing and market research, find out which software people are craving for and design your project’s value proposition. You spend months on developing the product, and finally, it gets released. But for some reason, the demand for your software is so low that you start to panic.

So instead of thinking about what disadvantages does your product have, first of all, think about how demanded your product is.

#2. Too many re-writes.

Once you’ve created software, you begin reconsidering it from different angles. At this point, you will most likely think about possible ways of improving it. Of course, you might want to make some changes to the original code. And then some additional changes might be needed…

Since you spend additional time on rewriting code, it is less likely that you will meet all the deadlines. As a result, your client may lose trust in your competence. Furthermore, during this time additional features might be requested. To sum up, it is better not to spend a lot of time on rewriting the original code of the software.

#3. A quick fix is not always the best solution.

If you decide to save some time by using simple solutions, it may not always be the best solution. The reason for this is that a quick fix can be beneficial in a short run. But in the long term, there is a risk that the problem should have been solved in a more sophisticated manner. In this case, not only you haven’t solved a problem but you have wasted time.

As you can see, each of these three reasons why software project may fail is connected with a waste of time. It is not a surprising fact that time is money and meeting the deadlines is one of the most important characteristics of a highly professional team. And highly professional teams create highly successful projects.

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