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Title: Managing the Technology Risk in Software Development


1
Managing the Technology Risk in Software
Development
  • A practical approach to utilizing new technology
    in computer software systems
  • A research project by L. Charles Andersen, Sr.

2
The Motivation
  • Computer technology, including both software and
    hardware, is changing rapidly
  • Businesses must move to new technologies when
    older technologies become obsolete
  • Employing new technology in any project
    interjects certain inherent risks
  • Managing these risks helps lead to success

3
More Motivation
  • We, as Software Engineers, can produce high
    quality software, if we employ sound practices.
  • This may include simply learning traps to avoid.

4
The Theory
  • Failed software projects share common traits
  • Eliminating the failure traits leads to success

5
The Approach
  • Study existing literature
  • Employ observation
  • Conduct informal interviews
  • Conduct formal survey
  • Correlate the data and draw conclusions

6
Expected Results
  • I expect to find that there exists an individual
    trait common to failed projects that indicates a
    specific point of failure.

7
Parameters
  • I expect to show that many software projects
    labeled as successes are truly failures within
    the context of my definition of success and
    failure.
  • I expect to identify one trait that is common to
    a majority of projects and show that projects
    exhibiting that trait qualify as failures.
  • I expect to demonstrate that this trait leads to
    the failure.

8
Scope
  • I will limit my study to projects utilizing new
    technology by my definition.

9
Definition New Technology
  • any language, platform, methodology or paradigm
    that is new to any one or more of
  • the industry,
  • the company,
  • the project team.

10
Definition Success
  • any project exhibiting none of the traits listed
    in failure.

11
Definition Failure
  • any project that displays one or more of these
    traits
  • Buggy or high maintenance,
  • late,
  • Incomplete,
  • un-maintainable or un-extensible,
  • undocumented,
  • required overtime to meet deadline,
  • over budget (man hours wise),
  • does not meet customer expectations.

12
Qualification of Failure
  • A project that is incomplete is also
    un-maintainable, un-extensible, and late. It
    also failed to meet customer expectations.

13
Supporting the Theory
  • If failed projects exhibit a common trait
  • And successful projects do not exhibit that trait
  • And failed projects with that trait have a common
    point of failure
  • And failed projects without that trait do not
    have that point of failure
  • Then that trait is uniquely common to that point
    of failure

14
Additional Support
  • Additionally, if managing a project to eliminate
    that trait results in a successful project
  • Then that trait is found to be a cause of failure
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