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What are the typical risk in software projects?

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When managing software projects, what are the most common risks that project managers should account for?

A simple, bullet list would be very helpful...
asked 8 years ago by anonymous

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Typical risks in software projects include:

- Scheduling risks: Missing/wrong requirements, underestimating the length of activities, overestimating some team members will result in a project behind schedule.

- Cost risks: Usually a corollary of the above.

- Team risks: Team members getting sick, quitting, maternal/parental leave, etc..

- Technology risks: The technology you're using to build your software is now obsolete. For example, you're using a programming language that is no longer in use (just because your team members know it). This is a risk because you will definitely run into compatibility issues and other limitations.

Software projects risks also include Intellectual Property Risks (IP) risks, Market Risks (competition), and Operational risks.
answered 8 years ago by humblepm (17,390 points)

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