IT projects go through a long timeline with complex procedures and varied efforts to reach the expected outcome. So, when an IT project is considered a ‘failure,’ several distinct reasons back the claim. These reasons can range from the inability to deliver the project within the agreed-upon timeline and budget to the lack of stakeholders’ satisfaction with the outcome.
In this article, we will talk about why IT projects fail and what you can do to avoid that failure. Let’s begin.
- Lack of Resource Planning and Management
Resource planning and management play a crucial role in project management. So, inefficient resource planning can significantly contribute to an IT project’s failure. Overestimating your resources, whether financial or human, can lead to poor resource planning and management.
Solution: In order to plan and manage your resources effectively, you must answer the following questions before beginning your project:
- What kind of human resources will be required for this project?
- For how long will the commitment of the said human resources be required?
- Are the said human resources working on other projects, or do they have any prior commitments before your project ends?
- What are the facilities you’ll have to provide in order to make the IT project successful?
- If you have partnered with any third-party vendors, are they reliable? What kind of limitations do they have?
- Do you lack any knowledge resources? If yes, do you have alternative solutions for it?
Asking such questions and answering them before the beginning of your IT project will help you gain a clear picture of your existing resources and reveal the loopholes. Hence, you can manage your resources effectively before beginning with the project and reduce the chances of project failure because of a lack of resource planning and management.
- Lack of Clear Goals and Objectives
Setting up clear objectives and goals for your IT project from the very beginning is essential to ensure its success. Although we live in a world of agile practices where it is preferred to let the project unveil along the way instead of setting rigid goals, it is essential to set goals and objectives at the basic level to keep the workflow in alignment with them.
Lack of clear goals and objectives sets the stage for disaster because it leads to unmatched expectations between the development teams and the stakeholders. Setting specific goals and objectives before beginning the project can ensure that you and your client are on the same page and that the development team knows in what direction the project should go.
Solution: You can leverage popular frameworks for setting goals so that your goals and objectives are clear, measurable, and realistic. You should also have a clear strategy to determine your long-term goals and a team to ensure that all your projects align with those goals. A clear backlog of your goals and objectives for all the projects you’ve embarked upon will help you save your IT projects from failure.
- Lack of Transparency
Transparency and visibility in a project refer to the clarity of task status, timelines, document management, communication, etc. A lack of visibility and transparency across your teams can lead to the project’s failure as your teams may not be on the same page, resulting in severe bottlenecks.
Solution: Having a centralized digital storage place to store all project documents and progress reports along with task deadlines and details can help you to promote project transparency and visibility. When everyone has access to the progress status, they’ll be able to adjust accordingly, work proactively, and avoid bottlenecks resulting from lack of knowledge.
- Lack of Clear and Effective Communication
Effective communication is the key to ensuring that your project timelines are completed smoothly and without any significant challenges. Clear and effective communication implies that your teams are working in sync, collaborating seamlessly, and are always aware of the latest updates in the project’s progress. Hence, a lack of effective communication leads to your IT project’s failure.
Solution: Setting up effective channels for streamlining communication can help you remove the lack of clear communication. Channels like chat services, email rooms, or even unique communication platforms like Slack can help you to ensure that your teams have an official space to communicate with each other seamlessly. It will help you eliminate the bottlenecks that result from a lack of clear and effective communication, thus avoiding your IT project’s failure.
Keeping in mind the several reasons behind the failure of IT projects and leveraging solutions to avoid those failures can help you ensure that every IT project you take on is successful. This article covered a few such solutions which will help you out to avoid your IT projects’ failure.