Software requirements planning
Elkera helps small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to effectively
plan new software projects to minimise risks and maximise business benefits.
We help you to define your goals, analyse and optimise business processes, build a business case, elicit and define requirements, and procure
the right software. With Elkera’s planning assistance, you will maximise return on investment (ROI) and satisfy your system users.
The path to project success begins with expert planning
The risks of software project failure
According to reports by major research organisations, only around 30% of software projects are rated as successful. Most fall short of expectations. At least 20% of projects are outright failures.
To be successful, a software project must deliver business benefits that justify the expenditure involved and the delivered product must satisfy its users. Based on reported statistics, many projects do not meet those objectives. Many organisations are wasting large amounts of scarce financial and human capital, and disillusioning their users.
Essential elements of software project success
A successful project addresses real business problems, has clear objectives, takes account of all stakeholder needs, is aligned to optimised business processes, has a credible business case, and has clear, prioritised requirements.
Those elements are all addressed during the project planning stage. It requires skill and experience to successfully guide an organisation through each of those planning issues.
The problem for many SMEs
Many SMEs lack the in-house expertise that is essential to successful software project planning. As a result, the risks of project failure or under-performance are likely to fall disproportionately on those SMEs.
In an attempt to save money, managers of SMEs may be tempted to rely on non-expert in-house personnel to lead the planning of their software projects. Unfortunately, doing so is probably the biggest single risk factor for a software project. It is a false economy.