Why IT Projects Fail: Avoid These Common Reasons


IT project failuresAccording to recent research about 70% of IT projects fail. A statistic like that makes this problem a deserves attention. So, we would like to talk about the most commonly found reasons for project failure, and how you can avoid it in the future.

The main reasons why IT projects fail:

Poor management

Even the most carefully planned projects can run the risk of failing if there is lack of management commitment. The project manager is the main person who must be responsive to any changes. If warning signs arise the manager should take measures to prevent an issue right away. The best managers will organize team work properly and streamline tasks to achieve the main goal of the project.

Lack of requirements and poor plan

The project should be planned thoroughly, meeting clients’ requirements and taking into account associated risks to avoid issues during implementation. Users also need be involved in the project from the start; be sure to include clients in the process, even if they seem disinterested, to ensure a successful final outcome.

Team weaknesses

Most IT companies employ dedicated teams to deliver a high-quality project. The team should consist of experts and assignments should reflect the strengths, not weaknesses: developers, designers, testers, etc. – make sure the project is fully supported by the appropriate team.

Poor communication

The lack of communication is a result of insufficient resources and an unbalanced policy of the company. Communication should provide both sides, IT company and client, with a clear understanding of any changes and to resolve any problems then and there.

Ignoring warning signs

Often times, warning signs arise during testing process. Unfortunately, these errors are frequently overlooked by the project manager. Such irresponsibility can lead to irreversible consequences. Eventually the developed system must meet the business requirements, so be sure to share testing results with the client before moving forward.

Unrealistic time scales and estimate for cost

An important problem to address is poor estimates for schedule and budget. The system only works efficiently if your company provides customers with flexible terms of collaboration, different business models and opportunity to make any changes if necessary. To provide the performance of the project the time scales should be short. Hence, split large projects into separate small ones.

Unclear terms of the contract

A contract guarantees that your client will get the quality that was agreed upon, in both execution and price of services.

Let’s summarize the main features of successful IT projects

  • The system works properly, and was shared with the customer throughout the process.
  • The budget was met, and not exceeded.
  • IT project is delivered in time, as was laid out in the contract.

As the IT industry continues to grow, there are a number of new businesses with a lack of experience, hampering their ability to be successful. If just starting your IT business, be sure to keep these tips in mind to avoid project failure, or worse, business failure.

Photo credit: faileditprojects.wordpress.com

BIO:  Andrew Smith is a PR Manager, small writer, and social media enthusiast with QArea, a full service Web, Mobile, SEO services, Software Development, etc. For more information visit www.qarea.com.


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