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Why IT projects continue to fail

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on March 21, 2008

From CIO

Moreover, broad industry consensus indicates that more than one-quarter of all software and services projects are canceled before completion, and of those that are completed, up to 80 percent of budgets are consumed fixing self-inflicted problems. According to Gartner Research, “The lack of testing and QA standards, as well as a lack of consistency, often lead to business disruption, which can be costly.” Gartner also reports that “testing consumes 25% to 50% of the average application life cycle and often is viewed as adding no business value.”

Failure of software and services projects is so widespread and so commonplace that 43 percent of IT managers say their business managers and Boards of Directors. Quite understandably, only 11 percent of business organizations consider technology a “strategic weapon,” according to a recent study by Info-Tech Research Group.

QA is still not understood properly, and too often reduced to bare testing. When we provide our clients with our estimates, they usually try to have the time allocated to QA reduced significantly; and the less technical background the people negotiating possess, the higher time reduction they want.
Writing an application can be done relatively rapidly, when seasoned developers are involved. However, making the application fit corporate quality standards can sometimes be a much bigger challenge than the writing of the application itself. If no time has been accounted between design and coding, and if QA times are significantly lower than coding times, expect bad surprises!

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