Achieving success in large, complex software projects

Using cross-functional teams to break down silos improves the chances of success when building highly complicated systems.

INN Breaking News, July 11, 2014

Sriram Chandrasekaran, Sauri Gudlavalleti, and Sanjay Kaniyar

Large technology-led transformation programs are important for creating business value and building strategic capabilities across industries. With many organizations spending around 50 percent of their IT budget on application development, the ability to execute software programs faster and at lower cost is essential to success for many transformation projects. However, the quality of execution leaves much to be desired. A joint study by McKinsey and Oxford Uni­versity found that large software projects on average run 66 percent over budget and 33 percent over schedule; as many as 17 percent of projects go so badly that they can threaten the very existence of the company.

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