Reasons Why Software Development Projects Succeed
Sequel to our last post on why software development project fails, we have seen that there has been quite an overwhelming amount of project failures recorded in the IT industry, however, it’s not all gory tales when it comes to software development. Software projects do record laudable achievements and successful implementation and delivery rates which is why today, we will turn the tables and consider the reasons projects could be successful:
- The Right Personnel: Enlisting competent and experienced developers produces higher quality software, better documentation, less bugs and compliance with best programming practices. A wise adage says, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link” so ensure that your team comprises of highly skilled developers. Always strive to maintain gender balance in the team composition, studies show that balanced teams always perform better. Also, depending on the objective of the project, include a fair amount of interface designers and quality assurance testers to join the team. However, while technical competence is key, it is not a sufficient condition for successful projects. The management of the project and communication skills of the team members, are oftentimes the key indicators of a successful project.
- Adequate Funding and Resources: Every successful project requires access to adequate funding and sufficient resources in order to be executed. Resources (both financial and material) are crucial to optimal project execution. So, provide your employees and team mates with adequate financial resources and remuneration to encourage them to continuously give their best efforts towards the execution of the project. Inability to provide your employees with sufficient resources to execute their tasks could lead to frustration, decline in work ethics and poor output.
- Presence of A Good Project Manager: Nothing helps a project sail through smoothly better than an efficient project manager. A good project manager envisions the entire project from start to finish, anticipating pitfalls, risks, challenges and possible solutions to setbacks. A successful project manager will strategize and properly document clear objectives and requirements, establish project milestones, set deadlines and timelines, schedule meetings to draw the team together, facilitate communication among team members and resolve issues that arise so the team can be as efficient as possible.
- Having A Shared Vision: Having a unified vision keeps your team going despite arising challenges or stumbling blocks. It pushes your teammates to defy all odds in order to execute the project and see the vision come to life. Don’t just push projects to your developers as just another software, sell it as a dream that they must pursue, a common goal that you are poised to achieve as a team. It is a key duty of the project manager to clearly spell out the unique goal of the project, prioritize requirements and identify specific ways of measuring the success of a project.