How To Minimize Software Development Risk

How To Minimize Software Development Risk

Software development projects always come with some degree of risk. Most of the time, these risks result from the inaccurate estimation of time, budget, or project scope. At other times, changes in the team composition, the sudden addition of project requirements, conflicting tasks, and low productivity may add to the riskiness of an IT project.

The following are the most commonly occurring risks that IT projects can encounter:

Wrong assessment

When project estimates fall short of expectations, the team may select factors that increase task duration. Disagreements between client and provider can also cause disagreements over what should happen with their funds. Some people want them saved for another project, while others argue they should not waste them due to faulty assessments. One can use the following tips to address this type of risk:

  • Only complete the vital tasks.
  • Add time for developers to learn and lower risks in the parts of a new project.
  • When adding the assumed period for the development team on a task beyond the project, it is essential to consider all weekly periods.

Capacity variation

The output should be more professional, clear, and concise. A capacity variation happens if the power of an iteration is changed after time ranges have been approved. As a result, there is a lot of risk in projects where there are changes to the scope because developers cannot follow the previous schedule as quickly anymore without knowing what they will need ahead of time for future work/changes. To minimize capacity variation, you can:

  • Use easy-to-manage and small iterations of Agile methodology.
  • Develop vital tasks.

End-user engagement

You need to understand your users’ feedback for them not only to accept but also to be excited by the software. You can mitigate these situations through agile development, so be quick and straightforward when implementing mitigation strategies. You can mitigate this risk by employing the following tools and techniques:

  • Focus groups 
  • User testing and feedback
  • Beta testing
  • Frequent release

Low-quality coding

Code of poor quality is one of the most common problems in development and a massive pain in the head for clients. They often don’t understand what your program does, which means they can’t tell if there are any bugs or not. Once you finally release something, they find out that “it doesn’t work” because the developers created low-quality programs with lots of errors; this leads to more conflict on both sides. The following is how you can reduce quality-related risks:

  • Maintain a high standard for their code.
  • Implement User Acceptance Criteria.
  • Hire a project manager who can check the quality of the code and supervise the team of developers.
  • Follow the company’s system of Clear Coding Standards and Guidelines.
  • Test rigorously after each code iteration.

Before starting a project with any company, the client can look at past projects or interviews to determine how well they work together.

Low stakeholder engagement

To keep a high level of productivity and meet the agreed deadlines of the project. The client or stakeholder needs to communicate with the development team or project manager often enough. Otherwise, they could lose contact with the team, leading to misunderstandings on both sides and increasing the project’s timeline. To reduce the chances of low stakeholder engagement, you should stipulate when the client and customer will conduct User Acceptance Testing. It is crucial to agree on a response time if either party has a problem or question about the project.

We hope you now have a clear picture of the risks that come with software development. If this article was helpful and you would like to read other similar articles, please visit our website.

Written by Wallace Mattson

Gena Jones ensures the work that everyone in the company is putting is of good quality and won’t be compromised.

Wallace Mattson
Gena Jones ensures the work that everyone in the company is putting is of good quality and won't be compromised.