Why Big Software Projects Fail: The 12 Key Questions

In spite of the improvements in software project management over the last several years, software projects still fail distressingly often, and the largest projects fail most often. “Why Big Software Projects Fail: The 12 Key Questions” explores the reasons for these failures and reviews the questions to consider in improving your organization’s performance with large-scale software projects. Not surprisingly, considering these same questions will help you improve almost any large or small project with substantial software content. The principal questions concern why large software projects are hard to manage, the kinds of management systems needed, and the actions required to implement such systems. In closing, the author cites the experiences of projects that have used the methods described and cites sources for further information on introducing the required practices.