About 50% of all software projects fail.
That's right, the industry average is 50%! Software projects have some crucial differences from conventional engineering projects that make them harder to manage and more likely to fail (see key differences below).
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Software is made of "thought stuff", so it's very hard to measure and plan. Therefore, projects need to be managed via risk elimination instead of sequentially.
Software evolves from simple systems to complex systems, there is too much complexity to assemble final pieces together and expect them to work.
Deadline pressures just end up creating fast yet unmaintainable code. The faster you move in the short term, the slower you'll move in the long term.
The easier something is for a user, the more complex the code must become. It's extremely important to start off with the simplest prototype possible. Add too much at the beginning and it'll never do anything truly well!
Unlike conventional projects, software scope isn't really measurable, features can be complete, but it's the level of completion that matters. As a result, it's better to set fixed deadlines and evaluate whatever scope is reached before doing another cycle than to set a fixed scope and watch the deadline or quality slip.
Technical people understand what they do not manage and managers do not understand what they are managing. This imbalance requires trust, the delegation of responsibility, and more communication of the big picture than in conventional projects.