This chapter examines project critical success factors. Topics highlighted include managing people, dealing with politics, and managing for disaster.
Just What's Critical to Project Success
Quite a few things can go wrong with software development. McConnell (1996) neatly categorized these, as shown in Table 5.1. Hyvari (2006) provides a different spin on this, as shown in Table 5.2.
A wide variety of management considerations, such as project scope, scheduling, risk, tracking, estimation, etc., can "make or break" a project. We usually call these considerations critical success factors. There is a diversity of opinions on what drives project success. The Standish Group's "top ten" reasons include the following:
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