Most IT projects hit problems because managers and users keep changing their requirements, according to a survey of IT staff across the UK.
Software vendor Merant questioned 123 IT staff from a cross section of UK businesses to determine the hurdles faced by developers when completing projects and why those projects fail.
A massive 74 per cent of respondents said that moving the goalposts was the main reason for failed projects. Changing time scales and requirements were also cited as main issues.
"I agree with this as a problem and I think when developers get a business requirement they should put the request to a business analyst who gives feedback to a management team," said Jeremy Fish, IT director at software group Misys.
He added that when business requirements go back to be approved by business managers it usually results in enhancements which make keeping to cost and time scales difficult.
"Another problem is that a lot of firms sigh with relief when projects get to user acceptance testing phase and actually overlook implementation and training," said Fish.
Robert Posner, marketing director at Merant, said: "A major problem faced by IT developers is the fact that they are constantly under pressure because of cost, time and requirement constraints."
Nearly 40 per cent of IT developers said that a major hurdle is that they are stretched over too many projects, and about 35 per cent put the unrealistic expectations of business managers as the main problem.
Nearly half said that clearer briefs from business managers would be the best way to improve the situation.
"IT departments and their business managers need to know what is supposed to be built, what is being built and what has been built," said Posner. "This improves the ability to manage development projects and enhances communications between departments."
But Fish said the answer was to get IT departments and managers to talk to each other. "Rather than clearer briefs, I think there should be more frequent and improved communication between IT and business departments," he said.
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