When it comes to software development, selecting the right software model is just as critical as selecting the right vendor. Why is the model so important? A wise man once said that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail, and the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) model is a critical component in planning a project.
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Any project and its implementation are fraught with a wide variety of risks, and we can’t even predict all of them until we’re knee-deep in the project. In a perfect world, we’d be able to foresee and preemptively eliminate each of these risks. Unfortunately, that’s simply not possible, so the risk management includes evaluating and managing these obstacles as they arise. In software development as in business, probable threats can and should be managed.
At the moment, we’re more interested in what risk management means for software development.
Look up data on the success rate of software projects, and you’ll likely be unpleasantly surprised at how often they’re considered failures. There are many reasons software projects fail, from busting budgets to missing deadlines to failing to fulfill the clients’ goals. Whatever the ultimate reasons, the majority of those failures stem from the unpredictability inherent in software development.
We take a look at some of the causes of unpredictability in software development, and then we outline best practices to help manage that unpredictability and therefore make the project more successful.
Your business has grown rapidly, and there’s no end in sight. You’re ready to create a more sophisticated set of processes to support scale, or maybe you’re looking to offer the market a new, unique, software-based service to go along with your existing offerings. Either way, first thing’s first: congratulations! Business is booming, and you should take a moment to celebrate that.
But after the celebration, I’ll bet I can guess the first question you have about your new software ventures: how much will the application cost?
Any activity, from mowing the lawn to writing software algorithms for a spaceship that goes to the stars, can be labelled with the same short but capacious term: a project. And whether the project will be successful or doomed to fail very much depends on how you prepare for the launch. After all, as we’ve all heard many times, preparation is the key to success.
Many books and articles have been written on the topic of project management, but in this article, I will highlight the three points I believe are most important.
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