TITLE

A Stakeholder Perspective in Software Project Management

AUTHOR(S)
McManus, John
PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
Management Services;May2004, Vol. 48 Issue 5, p8
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses the extent to which stakeholders influence the project management process and to what degree stakeholders participate within the project management process. One reason why projects continue to fail is the lack of stakeholder involvement throughout the software project lifecycle. In 2002 some half a million project managers were involved in about a million software projects world wide, producing software worth $600 billion. Many of these projects fail to meet customers expectations or fail to deliver the software within budget and to the original deadline. One study undertaken in 1997 suggests that about one-third of projects have cost and schedule overruns of more than one hundred and twenty five per cent. There are many reasons why projects fail however, research would suggest that software projects fail more for management reasons than technical mistakes. A software lifecycle is the period of time that begins when a software project or product is conceived and ends when the software is no longer available for use. The software lifecycle typically includes a concept stage, requirements stage, design stage, implementation stage, test stage, installation and checkout stage, operation and maintenance stage and sometimes a retirement stage.
ACCESSION #
13700360

 

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