Software project success: moving beyond failure.

Dalcher, Darren (2009) Software project success: moving beyond failure. Upgrade: the European online magazine for the IT professional., 10 (5) . pp. 42-50. ISSN 1684-5285 [Article]


Success and failure in software projects appear to be difficult to define. While there is a consensus around the prevalence of project failure, new projects seem destined to repeat past mistakes. This paper tries to advance the discussion by offering a new perspective for reasoning about the meaning of success and the different types of failures. In order to court project success, practitioners need to rise beyond a fixation with internal parameters of efficiency to recognise the role of quality in bringing about the effectiveness required to secure project success. The paper begins by discussing project failure surveys and the impact of project constraints before offering a richer model that identifies the crucial role of quality in securing future success. The paper concludes by introducing a series of mini- case studies that help in making sense of success and failure and in particular highlight the interplay between the four levels of success

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer and Communications Engineering
Item ID: 6811
Depositing User: Prof Darren Dalcher
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2011 14:58
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:21

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