An IT project consists of an interrelated set of activities, with a beginning and an end that uses limited resources to achieve an objective.
Moreover, different IT projects include Websites, Custom Applications, Mobile Apps, and more designing and development.
Despite decades of research and publications, information technology projects continue to fail. According to the project management institute, around 40-50% of projects do not completed successfully and thus lead to project failures or delayed IT projects.
Due to the project managers concentrating more on achieving timescales and budgets but not on designed objectives.
However, to avoid the continuous occurrence of these failures, this article discusses some root causes of IT project failures and their prescribed solutions.
Root Causes and Solutions for delayed IT Project
1. Incomplete Requirement
The project execution gets affected if the required objectives of the project are not well defined thoroughly. And thereby leading to its total failure. The solution is not to start any project until it’s crystal clear to meet and receive all the requirements.
Also, to estimate clear steps and predict the expected results in advance. The client might be in a hurry or do not have time to give all the necessary details.
However, it is not advisable to start the project until you have a basic understanding of the Goal.
2. Changing Project Goal / Requirement
It’s a situation in which the project goals are constantly changed or reviewed by the client. The client might want to be competitive with other nearby IT firms and thus, try changing the project goals and requirements.
The solution to this is to avoid unnecessary mix-ups and carry out one thing at a time. And do not continue working alongside changing requirements terms. Communicating with the client is the key to knowing the effect of changing goals and requirements on the project.
Further, you never know what you may come across that may affect the project workflow.
The clients assume you will get all the words surrounding the project’s goals and requirements.
Also, they do not mention a few things, assuming you already know them, or provide you with all the necessary documents. It is a must to carefully and intelligently handle this erroneous thinking of the clients.
The solution is to make sure that you ask questions about the details surrounding the words provided to you. In addition, always ask if anything is missing or not stated in the given document.
4. Incompatible developer or working mate
Under this circumstance, you will come across a developer or working mate who refrains from admitting that he does not know a specific part of the work. All because they fear losing the project. As a result, the developer passes amateur messages that lead to project failure.
Moreover, it could also be poor coding practice or incorrect choice of the technology stack selection. The solution is to establish a strong bond with the partner developers to enhance communication and collaboration.
Thereby, they can freely share their shortcomings if, any. And can suggest better/alternate technology to complete the project requirements.
5. Poor project management
The complete project can have poor management because the Project managers concentrate on unnecessary things and do not communicate effectively.
Also, they focus on achieving timescales and budgets instead of designed objectives. The solution is to use tools for communication, work assignments, and project status tracking but do not let it be too much.
Choose your tools wisely. Also, concentrate on designed objectives. There are always alternative tools so, find the right one for your need.
Conclusively, it is pertinent to adhere to the prescribed solutions above and follow all the necessary procedures and ethics to avoid project failures.
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