Action plan for delayed IT project
Overview & Some Stats
An IT project consists of a set of interrelated activities, with a beginning and an end that uses limited resources to achieve an objective. There are many types of IT projects some of which include Websites, Custom Application, and Mobile Apps etc.
In spite of decades of research and publications, information technology projects continue to fail. According to project management institute, around 40-50% of projects do not complete successfully and thus lead to project failures. This is due to the fact that project managers concentrate on achieving timescales and budgets instead of designed objectives. However, in order to avoid continuous occurrence of these failures, this article has been developed to discuss some root cause of IT project failures and their prescribed solutions.
Root Causes and Solutions
This is a situation in which all the necessary requirements to achieve the main aim and objective of the project have not been properly outlined or provided. This will certainly affect the execution of the project and thereby leads to its total failure. The solution to this is not to start any project until it’s crystal clear all the necessary requirements have been met and provided or to just make estimation for only clear items and be expecting the rest in advance. This is because, the client might be in a hurry or does not have time to give all the necessary details but it is not advisable to start the project until you have the basic understanding of the Goal.
Changing Project Goal / Requirement
It’s a situation in which the project goals are constantly changed or reviewed by the client. This is because, the client might want to be competitive with other nearby IT firms and thereby try to change the project goals and requirements. The solution to this is to avoid unnecessary mix up and carry out one thing at a time. Do not continue working along with changing requirements. Communicate with the client and let him/her know the effect of changing goals and requirements on the project. You never know what you may across that may affect you during the course of the project work.
In this situation, clients assume you will get all the words surrounding the projects goals and requirements. Clients do not mention few things assuming you already know it is attached with all the necessary documents. This is an erroneous thinking from the clients which must be carefully and intelligently handled.The solution is to make sure that you ask questions about the details surrounding the words given to you. Always ask if there is anything else that is missing or not stated in the given document.
Incompatible developer or working mate
Under this circumstance, you will come across a developer or working mate that is afraid to admit he does not know certain part of the work for the fear of losing the project. This can make the developer to be passing amateur messages that can lead to the failure of the project. It could be poor coding practice or incorrect choice of technology stack. The solution is to make sure you establish a strong connection so as to enhance effective communication and collaboration.
Poor project management
The entire project could be poorly managed. This is due to the fact that project managers concentrate on unnecessary things and do not communicate effectively. Also, they concentrate on achieving timescales and budgets instead of designed objectives. The solution is to use effective tools for communication, work assignments, 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 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. At ESURGENT, we are expert in IT Project Recovery for any Stressed Project that is either needed to be recovered, improvised or redeveloped from the scratch.