Critical Success Factors in Software Projects

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  • According to the article, 7 of these are “fully determined before a design is developed or a line of code is written.” Think about that. 70% of all project dooming acts occur before a build even starts.
  • Critical Success Factors in Software Projects

    1. 1. Critical Success Factors in Software Projects Paper by John S. Reel, Trident Data Systems Presented by Shelley Keith
    2. 2. 26% of all software projects fail It’s Complicated 46% experience cost/schedule overruns, function loss
    3. 3. 1. PMs don’t understand user needs 2. Ill-defined scope 3. Poor change management 4. Changes in technology 5. Changes in business needs 6. Unrealistic deadlines 7. Resistant users 8. Lost sponsorship 9. Skill gaps Heed the Signs
    4. 4. • Manage expectations • Manage skills and egos • Protect quality • Track progress • Make sustainable choices • Perform a post-mortem. Every. Time. Getting it right(er)
    5. 5. 1. Declare intent at kickoff 2. Select representative participants 3. Prepare the review data 4. Conduct review of findings & experiences 5. Present the results to leadership & teams 6. Adopt the recommendations for max benefit The Wrap Up...winning at post-mortems
    6. 6. 1. Declare intent at kickoff 2. Select representative participants 3. Prepare the review data 4. Conduct review of findings & experiences 5. Present the results to leadership & teams 6. Adopt the recommendations for max benefit The Wrap Up...winning at post-mortems

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