Why app development projects go over budget and take forever to complete

Steve Moon
A common stereotype of software development projects is that they are going to go over budget and not be done on time. This stereotype is well earned as a significant amount of projects do go over budget and take longer than expected. The million dollar question is why? I think it boils down to a few factors depending on who you partner with to do the development work. Below are the top factors I have found to cause budget overruns and missed deadlines. The software development company knowingly underestimates the project The software development company is incompetent to do the project The person putting together the estimate is too optimistic The project isn’t scoped out properly The client changes direction frequently Scope creep Estimating Software is very hard to do…
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