Top 8 Reasons For Software Development To Fail

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NogaTech IT Solutions LLC
Top 8 Reasons For Software Development to Fail

Each Software Development project's failure shouldn't appear as a surprise. There are many warning signs that you have to be aware of before they become a problem. Even with a flawed software design, you could launch MVP however you'll face difficulties scaling your company. In addition, if you're trying too fast it will result in low communication, a fatigued team member, and unreasonable expectations.

Before starting your new Software Development project think about the following question: "What are the chances that the project will be completed efficiently?"

Based on studies conducted by Wrike which is among the leaders worldwide in the field of project management software just 64 percent of projects using software achieve their objectives. 17% of them are so bad that they end up ruining the company.

Wrike Also Outlines The Most Significant Problems That Software Developers Face When They That Have Failed.

  • 38% of the failed because of shifting priorities within an organization
  • 35% of projects failed due modifications in the project's goals
  • 30% failed due to not identifying project goals or inadequate communication

You might be familiar with the kind of Software Development which fails to meet specific budgetary, quality and scope goals. It's even more frustrating that you might be part of one of these software projects.

At NogaTech We have an extensive 20-year history of experience in software development and project management expertise. We've gone through the good as well as negative, but know how to spot a project's failing. We'll go over the root causes as well as consequences of the most common issues in software development and, more importantly we'll teach you how to avoid or get rid of these issues. We'll walk you through the seven most common reasons that Software Development projects fail, and give you the best methods to avoid them.


The Reason #1 is Trying To Do Too Much Too Fast But Not Focusing Upon An Individual Performance.

The Reason #1 is Trying To Do Too Much Too Fast But Not Focusing Upon An Individual Performance.

This is among the most frequent reasons for the failure of a Software Development project. The concept of MVP (which means "minimum feasible product") first came into use within the text The Lean Startup. It's a basic concept that states that you need to develop only the minimal set of features required for your product to work, and then you should test your primary assumptions about the user's interactions with the product. This type of testing (which is known as an iterative process of development) can help companies reduce the doubt about the real needs of their customers and adapt the product (if required) to provide users with the most worth.

The concept of speed is widely used, and a lot of businesses apply it to every aspect that of development. It's usually interpreted as a notion that suggests that you're able to deliver something of poor quality to the marketplace in the name of speed. It's not true. An MVP must be a functional, high-quality product that assists real users resolve a real issue. If a poorly designed or insufficient product is launched in a hurry to be sold and is not considered to be viable, nobody will ever consider that product "viable."

Solution: Concentrate On Delivering A Minimum Viable Product First

This problem is often prevented by adhering to the fundamental MVP guidelines:

  • Find the minimum requirements that are required to satisfy your customer base
  • Meet the specifications
  • Then, they release the product.

Nothing less, and absolutely nothing more! Make use of specific strategies to achieve the goal, for example, prototyping, story mapping, or discovery. Once you have received feedback, you could decide to improve and develop your products, but discover that you must implement corrective measures so that your solution is successful.


The Reason #2: Insufficient Requirements And Bad Architecture From The Beginning

The Reason #2: Insufficient Requirements And Bad Architecture From The Beginning

The issue of inadequate requirements is a problem that should be well-known to any person who has been involved in a Software Development endeavor. Making poor requirements won't necessarily result in the project's failure in all cases however it does add an amount of risk.

The Two Most Common Reasons A Project Could Not Meet The Requirements Are Unclear And The Lack Of Stakeholder Involvement

  • Ambiguity is the result of the fact that various participants to the project interpret the demands in various ways. This can end up being fatal to the project if nobody can communicate the goals in a clear manner to team members. In such situations teams are frequently required to fill in the gaps, and often do so incorrectly.
  • In the absence of stakeholder engagement there will be a problem setting the standards your product is capable of. There is no substitute for stakeholder participation. Stakeholders and prospective users should participate in the requirements creation process, along alongside the developers. The potential software owners aren't aware that virtual users cannot be able to replace actual users and that relying upon the surrogate user means that all holes will be filled by assumptions, which could result in huge differences between the final product and the final product.

The Software Development architecture and design are a further crucial aspect that must be clarified in the requirements for functional use. It defines the structure for the program, the way it will operate, and what capabilities it has. For instance, if your application is going to have hundreds of items and a typing ahead is required the correct data structure design is essential. Otherwise, the search will be slow, resulting in an unsatisfactory user experience. If the technology, development patterns, or even the architecture was wrongly chosen, the project will fail right from the beginning. Sometimes, it's better to just throw away the base code and start again.

Solutions: Set Clear Goals As Well As A Requirements Define Process

The creation of a well-defined requirements definition process is essential to achieving the success. The clarification of requirements is a collaborative method that involves multiple stakeholders and allows the team developing to gain a better understanding of its customers or the market. It also narrows the gap between what is needed and what was created.

By process, we mean it must be continuous, especially when using an agile approach to development. This reason for Software Development project failure is only able to be avoided by frequent (and often, in tandem) working on requirement clarification.


The Reason #3: Overstretched Strategic Planning And Scope Changes

The Reason #3: Overstretched Strategic Planning And Scope Changes

The main reason behind using flexible Software Development is that it allows prospective Software Development developers to alter their minds. But this doesn't mean that agreeing to controversial or unpopular decisions. is wise.

Many people try to claim “agile development" is inexpressibly flexible and can handle a large number of modifications, but that's not the case. When you adopt an agile method, you can quickly evaluate the results. You can then make decisions based on the results. Making significant changes to your strategy within the middle of a project can result in significant amounts of work, or lead you to incur technical debt.

Any change in backlog items is normal and is even normal. But you should change things only after the product is ready for production. However, if more than half of your backlog was altered at any point in the development process there is something seriously wrong.

There Are Many Possible Reasons For Issues:

  • Uncertainty in regards to the project's goals

If the project doesn't have a clearly defined goal, it will be wasted time and money just to begin it. Goals for the project must be clear, concrete and doable. In the absence of this, projects could be susceptible to constant changes and scope changes.

  • Backlog item management is not well-organized

It's not enough just to explain to the team why a particular function is needed. Every feature and item should be re-thought and planned before the development process even begins. If you don't, it will result in obsolete or unaligned features.

  • Stakeholders do not have any involvement

Stakeholder engagement issues rear its ugly head time. As we mentioned earlier that ongoing and efficient communication is the most important aspect to avoid a Software Development project failing.


The Reason #4: Lack Of Communication Between The Parties

The Reason #4: Lack Of Communication Between The Parties

The communication between the participants in a Software Development project is crucial to the success of a project. Stakeholders, project managers along with the developers must be working in tandem. 

Common practices in agile software development include daily stand-ups, weekly reviews after each iteration review of code, collaboration with stakeholders and users and reviewing the deliverables. 

These practices encourage regular and transparent communications. Face-to-face meetings are generally considered to be more beneficial than documents.

There are two primary "buckets" of effective communication for an ongoing development project. The first is the awareness of stakeholders about the progress of the project at any moment, as well as the challenges and outcomes of the currently in the process. 

The second one is team's understanding of the reviews of the development deliverables made by the key users. Both are equally important for the success of the project and should be conducted frequently.

When there's a lot of information being communicated, it's easy to miss something important--especially when multiple parties, departments or teams are involved. 

Communication via verbal means shouldn't be used as a means to share functional requirements or reports with the members of the development team. Written requirements and face-to face communication should complement one another and be shared with the team via specific methods (such as management of projects, storage of requirements emails, or social media messages).

Lacking communication between the Software Development developer and the owner and having a large amount of communication that is not controlled, are two sides of the same coin. Both can end up killing the project. 

This is why it's important to have an individual who is responsible for managing and overseeing the communication process, and ensuring the effective participation of all the key players.

Solutions: Get Involved With Stakeholders And End User, And Ensure They Are Interested With The Project!

It is essential that the frequency as well as channel(s) for communication must be determined from the beginning your project. They shouldn't be disrupted or neglected.

 In addition, different forms of communication styles must be used and must match the needs of the various parts in the procedure. 

A lot of people think that team meetings and discussions are time-wasters. And often they are, provided they're not conducted with a clear purpose in the back of your mind!


The Reason #5 : No Real-Time Input From The User Or Feedback This Leads To Software Project Failure

The Reason #5 : No Real-Time Input From The User Or Feedback This Leads To Software Project Failure

We've all experienced how thrilling it is when a new feature comes available and ready for use. However, without active involvement from users it's just an exercise in technology. A lot of Software Development projects fail because they were designed using assumptions before they were presented to prospective users.

A Possible User is Someone That Could Provide You With Information About the Requirements Of The Business To Implement Your Product.

It can be an actual user for the Software Development , as well as even a "proxy-user". The term "proxy-user" refers to one who is not an actual user, but is near enough in terms qualifications and profile.

What type of feedback or information are you looking for?

  • Does this feature resolve an issue that users might have?
  • Do you know what to do with it?
  • Does it work?
  • What thoughts can you get from discussing this feature?

If your answer is not yes is the case, then you're taking the wrong path.

It's worse when you're asking the wrong users for feedback. If you don't have any real-life users or don't know who your customers specifically are, then you should put the project on hold until you know who they are.

Solution: Know Your Audience!

The definition of audience is a key element of any marketing strategy It is typically stated in the document referred to as “the "product idea." It is important to define your target audience in the stage of development.

There's another method for this: the persona of your customer. It's a brief description of the ideal customer. Once you've developed your customer profile it is important to interview actual people who fit the profile. What happens if they don't want your solution? What happens if your solution doesn't address the issue? Understanding that at the beginning can help you modify your plan and create an efficient solution.

The Reason #6: Uncertain Or Unbalanced Expectations Cause Software Project In Success

The Reason #6: Uncertain Or Unbalanced Expectations Cause Software Project In Success

Sometimes, teams are given a chance to work on an application development project from a incorrect viewpoint and with unrealistic expectations. As an example, there could be unrealistic deadlines, confusions regarding the responsibilities and deliverables and an absence of consensus on how to handle possible modifications. Making sure that there are an equal and clear expectation is an essential element of success.

Create reasonable expectations with your stakeholders. Also, let them know the significant differences between optimistic and realistic estimations. It is also essential to have deadlines cost, responsibilities, and deliverables that have been approved by both parties prior to the event.

The need to define real requirements is essential when using an agile strategy. The requirements that are defined at the highest level can be modified in real-time without altering the control procedures, and could easily cause "scope expansion."

Everything must be documented. Verbal agreements cannot be traced and could lead to a lot of revisions and dissatisfaction among all parties.

Solution Enhance Communication And Control Expectations

There are a variety of reasons for budget and schedule adjustments that could occur during the development of Software Development . This includes a lack of resources, an incorrect estimation and management changes and scope changes. It is only incremental, iterative planning that allows all parties to understand what is expected in terms of functionality, schedule and cost can alleviate uncertainty about expectations.


The Reason #7: An Imbalance Between The Needs Of The Project And The Budget Funding

The Reason #7: An Imbalance Between The Needs Of The Project And The Budget Funding

It's part of the category that is "unclear expectations" however it's become so frequent that we've have decided to separate it into its own separate section. Two main kinds in the process are

Incorrect Estimation

Without the use of effective methods, like discovery Software Development teams will only deliver a few features that are proportional to the duration and budget at any given moment. It's similar to a weather forecast for the coming month.

Scope Creep

In the initial thought of design, it's almost impossible to conceptualize and make all the necessary design decisions in advance. Once you've started using the Software Development , you're creating it's possible that your features and requirements aren't met. This can lead to changes to the scope and budget.

If project and budget requirements are not in balance All the pressure falls to the team responsible for development. This team then is compelled to produce the product regardless of the cost. This can lead to architectural debt or bad choices, errors, or not completing the necessary stages in development (such as regression or integration testing). It could be harmful to both sides. The prospective Software Development owner could get a poor product instead of a functional Software Development solution, while the team could get negative reviews.

Solutions: Conduct Research Before The Project Begins, And Then Mange The Changes!

To make a precise estimation, the best method to do is to discover. The discovery stage occurs when features for the product are defined clearly as well as prototyped and discussed. This is when the entire outline of the Software Development you're planning to develop is developed. The initial blueprint can help to manage changes throughout the software development life-cycle, as there is a clear plan of action and an understanding of how far your scope has widened.


The Reason #8: Unsuccessful Developer Is In The Mix

The Reason #8: Unsuccessful Developer Is In The Mix

Software development begins with individuals. If you're planning to build something amazing the team must be top-notch. There is no need to have "stars," but about selecting people who fit well with the other members of the team. If you have a poor developer on your team, your Software Development program is likely to not succeed.

There Are Numerous Indicators To Help You Identify An Unprofessional Developer

  • The developer is not aware about what the function that is in development is about. It is often the fault of the owner of the product however, bad developers aren't willing to resolve the issue of lack of understanding.

  • Every task estimate is incorrect and have significant errors, such as 16 hours instead of eight For instance. It can happen on a regular basis however if it occurs frequently, it's a sign the individual isn't qualified.
  • The application logic is not discussed with the owner of the product or other individuals who make up the product. This is, of course, the responsibility of the owner of the product (if this kind of approach is not cultivated in the group) However, bad developers will always disregard the logic of the application and simply transfer it to the client without trying to comprehend its function.
  • Changes are not accepted. This isn't necessarily a problem however, if a person is too stubborn to accept the need to change this becomes a problem.
  • Code duplication, complex techniques and/or a terrible ignorance of code.

In recent times, development has gained a lot of attention and a lot of people have gotten into the field with no proper education and knowledge. This poses a serious problem for the field. If you're dealing with a poor developer your mix, you can quickly end up with an application which is difficult to extend and support.

Solution Employ The Best Experts (Such Like NogaTech)

It is crucial to trust your project to experts who have experience, like NogaTech. Here, we follow the best practices in the industry and only employ well-trained, experienced developers.

Of Course, Anybody Can Claim To Be The Top. We Believe That We're Truly The Best;

  • We employ a UX-first rapid prototyping method. This process eliminates 90 percent of the risk associated with projects through a visual, stakeholder-feedback-driven process.
  • Our resource model was designed to ensure we have the most effective resources to solve your toughest issues and to carry your project to completion.
  • We have vast expertise in a wide range of fields and technologies. Over the course of twenty years of working, we've seen the same issues as mentioned above and we're aware of how to fix these issues before they endanger the project.
  • We have years of experience in saving third-party programs that have failed.

Knowing the risks that could be averted and being able recognize them in the early stages you will dramatically improve the chance of success of your biggest project for Software Development . However, the numbers indicate that it's much more difficult to do than say. An accurate plan that includes the discovery phase, clearly-defined objectives, a defined target audience, clear tasks and effective communication can assist you in avoiding the issues described within the piece. If you require assistance in designing the development of your application, get in touch with us today and we'll assist you to get back on the right track.

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Author: Manmohan

Manmohan is the author of NogaTech IT Solutions LLC blog content, Software Developer, Freelancer on Upwork. Manmohan created NogaTech Software Development Company and write its all technical blogs. He brings his decade of experience to his current role where he is dedicated to educating and inspiring the world how to become better technical writer and also offers development. You can find him on Linkdin @ Manmohan-Yadav.

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