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Why IT Projects Fail: How to Fix Failed App Projects

on May 15, 2019
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“We have something that’s 60% there. We need you to take it to the finish line.”

“Another Developer did this. It was a bad experience, and Now, it’s not working. Can you fix it?

“We are at a loss and have no idea what occurred. Does it make sense to begin over?

Every day we hear such lines from our prospects. No one desires to headline a new project, or partnership, such way. But the fact is that many innovation efforts, at least initially, fail. Cheap UX strategy, broken code, badly organized project workflows – no matter the origin issue, things fall apart. If the project is “60% there,” many companies don’t realize (and can’t exactly quantify) what that last 40% describes.

Based on The Standish Group Chaos Report, just approximately 30% of IT project developments are done correctly and with success, whereas 20% of projects are total flops.

Yet the main concern is why: Why IT Projects Fail — and fail so poorly?

We have enlisted some common reasons Why IT Projects Fail. You might be surprised to observe that some of the factors look good initially, but they are troublemakers for our projects in actuality.

Why IT Projects Fail? Resolution to Fix Failed App Projects

1. No Competitor Analysis and Discovery Phase

Various businesses are so overwhelmed by the success of applications like Uber, OYO, Snapchat, and Instagram that they think the urge to start the mobile market at the earliest. They start with the development process just the time an app idea pops their mind – without concluding whether it’s a unique idea or not and if the market demands an app like that. This ends in the loss of funds, time, effort, and opportunities to obtain your app a big success in the market.


There is no doubt that the Discovery phase can ease your application to survive in the market. This phase can give you with the right insights about the market, customer behavior, technologies and tools trending in the market, and much more.

While the discovery phase will help you to identify what’s popular in the market and endorse your idea, a competitive analysis will give you detailed information about the innovations and technologies that you must include to your tech stack and the business model to opt.

2. Unclear Requirements

Many times, the development partner starts with the project development process without obtaining a complete understanding of the idea behind. As a result of this, they come up with a mobility solution which is totally diverse from the one that meets in the market, meet the desired goals, and make the target user base happy. That led their app project flop in the market.


While it comes to how to fix failed app projects, revisiting your product idea goal and matching it with the failed mobility solution is also an adequate way to make a good start. This is because most of the time unclarity of app idea or change in the main focus has turned the app idea flop.

So, don’t jump this step.

3. Lack of Resources

PMs, and CTOs tend to refer as resources and having “not enough resources” refers to owning not enough resource to work upon a project. This circumstance occurs in over 20% of failed projects.

IT Projects Fail because there weren’t sufficient people are usually the consequence of trying to run projects where scope, timeline, and budget are all fixed. It doesn’t work. One of those three constraints needs to be flexible to consider unexpected risks.

If the resources do not available at the right time, it may delay the whole development cycle, and affect the quality of the project outcome, lessen its impression on the mobile market, and hence, result in project failure.


The resolution to this problem is only making one of the three constraints of a project – timeline, budget, or scope – flexible.

If you have to produce something within a specified budget and timeframe, commit to a limited scope. If you are planning to deliver the complete scope within a certain timeline, wait for sufficient resources before start working on the project. Trying to set all three constraints in mass is an almost absolute route to failure.

4. Unrealistic Schedules

To ensure that their product gets the success in the market at the earliest, many developers plan the deadlines for every mobile app development phase without estimating the time and effort required. As a consequence, they strive to complete the tasks associated with each phase at the specified time and keep on postponing the project in the next phase, eventually resulting in accumulating the tasks and later, failure.


Estimation isn’t working for you, try estimate in ranges. If your developers say that a project will be developed in 2 months, take it with the cone of uncertainty (in Agile) and analyze the range applying to the current phase of the project.

If bad estimation practices are the reason for estimation issues, give ranged estimates.

5. Dependency Delays

For complex and large-scale IT projects, there are usually multiple development teams included. Sometimes dependencies are internal teams from additional departments that own and operate specific platforms or services, and sometimes other vendor teams customizing a product or service the company purchased.

In several development companies, various teams use the same resources or rely on each other for achieving their requirements. In such a situation, if a team require to finish its tasks on time or provide the other team with the right support, the plans of other teams get automatically affected – which, on the long run, result in IT Projects Fail.


There is not a much you can do to hurry other teams along and make sure they complete their part on time, yet you can decrease the risk with proper estimation & planning.

Dependency delays fall into the classification of known unknowns. While you can’t be sure there will be a delay until it happens, you know there’s a possibility that there might be a delay, so plan accordingly. Use the cone of uncertainty on estimation from other teams.

6. Unidentified Risks

While talking about mobile application development, there are many challenges that reside behind the screen at the beginning of the development process. If you don’t have an expert team with you, it will become hard for you to tackle the condition and mitigate all those difficulties, resulting in IT Projects Fail.

So, considering the same thought forward, let’s sum up this by looking toward how to decide when one should hire a project manager or hire dedicated developer and recover their project and when they should quietly leave it and make a fresh start.

When to Revive Your Project and When to Start from Scratch

When it comes to identifying when to rescue your app project and when to develop a new one, here are some of the open questions that you can mark and turn towards for clarity:

  1. Has the requirement of the project changed and to what limit?
  2. Has the project preference changed? If so, is it needed to hold the project for some time or cancel the idea?
  3. Do you hold sufficient funds to resume the app project? If not, how will you manage funds and in what time period?

Decreasing the risks of IT Projects Fail is no little task. In particular, it’s certainly a lot of work. But the consequence improves project success rates, ROI, and team confidence – delivering all of the hard work worth it at the end.