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Identifying the pitfalls of software development

Updated: Nov 3

If you are in the software development field, then you have probably been involved in some of the following classic pitfalls during a software development project:

PROBLEM

PERCEIVED SOLUTION

Is the project running behind schedule?

​Add more people

Do we need to reduce the schedule?

Adjust the schedule, make it more aggressive

​Are you working towards a tight schedule?

Start coding as soon as possible

Are you running out of time in the end?

Reduce QA testing

These are just some of the classic mistakes. I like to call these PPT – Process, People, and Technology. I for one, have made some of these mistakes. By writing them down and defining them, just like in history, we can learn from past mistakes and use them to guide future project planning and risk management. If this article saves just one project from failure, then it is worthwhile.


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