For this episode, we broke away from the typical Thoughtful Software Podcast format and got a little more technical. Experts in the tech industry, Andrew and Fahad, compiled their top reasons as to why Software Projects Fail. We want to bring a thoughtful perspective to the way we build software for our clients and focus on the positive impact thoughtfully built software can have on society.
Why do so many software projects fail?
In no particular order, here are our top reasons why software projects fail. It's not an exhaustive list by any means, just our opinion of why software products don’t ship.
There are alarming statistics around why software projects fail. Executives admit that projects are doomed from the start. This translates into 75 billion dollars in abandoned software projects.When projects that could transform the way we live, how we interact, and how we experience everyday life, aren't shipped because of failed software, that's a problem.
10. Absence of good Project Manager (PM)
9. Setting Unrealistic Expectations
8. Fixed SoW or Scope Creep
7. Poor Communication - Not speaking the same language
6. Lack of Talented Engineers
5. Misaligned Goals
4. Team Consistency
3. Slow Starts / Long Legal
2. No Discovery
1. Earning your Complexity
It's important for people to know about these things and do something about them. We want to transform the world through thoughtful software. We want projects to succeed whether Skiplist is a part of them or not. We want to help others succeed! If you're having project troubles, reach out to us and let us help.
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Fahad has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. He brings over 15+ years in Business Development, Strategy, Sales, Product, and Marketing in various industries such as software development and Internet of Things (IoT). His experiences have led him on an unwavering pursuit to meet thoughtful people and build thoughtful software.