Software development is no easy task. Although it may seem like a straightforward process, there are many layers that come into play when designing and planning software development projects, and unfortunately, it is incredibly common for these types of projects to go off the rails. Oftentimes, due to poor planning, development projects end up going over budget, or extending way past their anticipated timelines. And when this happens, it can not only be frustrating, but can result in the project becoming completely abandoned altogether, which is not only a waste of resources, but also a waste of time. Failed software development projects cost the U.S. economy alone billions of dollars every year. In Canada, the numbers are roughly equivalent in scale.
So why does this happen? A combination of factors are usually to blame, such as cost overruns, late delivery, and poor quality. But most significantly, software development projects tend to run into problems most commonly when there is a failure to identify business and technical objectives in the early planning stages of development, and plan for them in detail from the get go. That means analyzing the business objectives for the project in detail, identifying the technically specifications and how they relate to these business objectives, and then brainstorming and planning the project around these details in a way that will sure that very little is left to chance or change.
At Hardboot, we are all too aware of how common these development and project management challenges are for organizations, because we are the industry go-to when software development projects are on the verge of disaster. In fact, we’ve designed a unique hybrid development process (deeplink) as a result of our experiences with these types of projects. Over 80% of our referrals come to us from companies that are trying to manage the development process internally, or that hired amateur developers externally to complete their projects. More often than not, these projects end up becoming a mess, and that’s where we are skilled at stepping in, taking control, and pulling all the right elements together to bring these projects safely and effectively back on track. When our clients are able to breathe a sigh of relief, you know we’ve done a great job, and that’s why we receive so many referrals from satisfied customers.
If you’ve got a software development project emergency that needs rescuing, don’t hesitate to give us a call. It’s no cost for an initial consultation, and there’s no obligation either. You handle your bosses and stakeholders, and we’ll handle the rest.
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