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Five Ways to Destroy a Development Project
September/October 1993 (vol. 10 no. 5)
pp. 55-58

The author discusses five problems that can contribute to a software project's failure. The five pitfalls are: inadequate system engineering during the proposal and during front-end development; inadequate tracing, tracking, and management of system and software requirements; improper sizing of the target hardware; selection of design, production, and integration and test methodologies that are inappropriate to a large software development; and failure to provide a metrics program that would let managers track the progress of software production and test.

Index Terms:
system engineering; front-end development; tracing; tracking; software requirements; sizing; target hardware; test methodologies; software development; metrics program; software production; project management; software engineering
David R. Lindstrom, "Five Ways to Destroy a Development Project," IEEE Software, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 55-58, Sept.-Oct. 1993, doi:10.1109/52.232400
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