Classic Mistakes

Some of the classic mistakes in software development


  1. Lack of risk management
  2. Friction between developer and customer
  3. Planning to catch up later
  4. Insufficient planning
  5. Silver bullet syndrome
  6. Short changed design
  7. Uncontrolled problem employees
  8. Project heroics
  9. Adding people to a late project
  10. Ineffective project sponsorship
  11. Undermined motivation
  12. Overly optimistic schedule
  13. Short changed quality
  14. Weak personnel
  15. Unrealistic expectation
  16. Code-like-hell programming
  17. Overestimated savings
  18. Noisy, crowded offices
  19. Omitting necessary tasks from estimates
  20. Feature creep
  21. Inadequate design
  22. Lack of user input
  23. I was here syndrome
  24. Contractor failure
  25. Research oriented development
  26. Switching tools in middle of the project
  27. Wasted time during the fuzzy front end
  28. Shot changed upstream activities 

From :
Steve McConnell’s Rapid Development


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