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Software Development Risk Factors

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The following list comes Results of Survey on Potential Effects of Major Software Development Risk Factors
by Dan Houston, Ph.D. candidate, Arizona State University, published here:

List of software development risk factors
  • Unavailability of key staff
  • Reliance on a few key personnel
  • Instability and lack of continuity in project staffing
  • Lack of staff commitment, low morale
  • Low productivity
  • Lack of client support
  • Lack of user support
  • Lack of contact personís competence
  • Inaccurate metrics
  • Lack of organizational maturity
  • Lack of quantitative historical data
  • Inaccurate cost estimating
  • Excessive schedule pressure
  • Inadequate configuration control
  • Excessive reliance on a single development improvement
  • Excessive paperwork
  • Unreliable subproject delivery
  • Creeping user requirements
  • Unnecessary features
  • Large and complex project
  • Immature technology
  • Complex application
  • Large number of complex external interfaces
  • Incapable project management
  • Project manager unavailable
  • Lack of experience with projectís platform/environment/methods
  • Lack of experience with the software product type
  • Lack of experience in the user environment/operations
  • Lack of senior management commitment
    See also Steve McConnell's 36 classic mistakes at
    Category Risk
  • ( Topic last updated: 2004.05.28 12:32:49 PM )