n South African Journal of Business Management - Risk factors affecting software projects in South Africa

Volume 37, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2078-5585


This paper reports on an analysis of risk factors relevant to South African software projects. Seven of the most widely cited studies in the research literature regarding software project risk were evaluated along with a detailed examination of the 53 risk factors developed by Schmidt, Lyytinen, Keil & Cule (2001). Forty completed questionnaires, submitted bysoftware project managers, were analysed.The main findings of this research were:

  1. Project managers of varying experience perceived different software risks to be important
  2. Risks relating to quality, cost, time, requirements or methodology were not perceived to be more important than risksrelating to people, relationships or change) by project managers.

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