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Issue No. 01 - January/February (2005 vol. 22)
ISSN: 0740-7459
pp: 86-93
June M. Verner , National ICT Australia
William M. Evanco , Drexel University
A survey examined the software development practices of a number of software practitioners in large businesses that are involved almost exclusively with in-house software development. The results indicate that for a successful project, the project manager needs a clear vision of the project, requirements must be of good quality, and estimates should be made only after the appropriate requirements have been identified. On projects that fail, many recognized software practices aren?t being applied. Most projects in the survey began with unclear requirements. Risk management isn?t routinely a part of development, and the organizations aren?t learning from their mistakes because they don?t routinely perform postmortem reviews. Also, senior management appears to lack an appreciation of the steps necessary to successfully execute a project.
project success, software project management, software development risk, postmortem review

J. M. Verner and W. M. Evanco, "In-House Software Development: What Project Management Practices Lead to Success?," in IEEE Software, vol. 22, no. , pp. 86-93, 2005.
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