Could the app be the solution to the failed software project problem?

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In Fred Brooks’ book, The Mythical Man-Month, Mr. Brooks provides several essays that share his experience in the software industry going back to 1959.  One of the common themes found through several essays is that the size of the project is directly related to the risk of failure.

If the size of the project puts the project at a greater risk to fail, then a smaller project mitigates the size and scope risk.  There are many factors that could contribute to a failed project, but it is interesting to ponder whether we will see project success statistics change at a macro level when the normal size of an interactive application decreases because of the industry’s move to tablet form factors over the next five years. 

What do you think?

Comments

Hector Correa said on 11.02.2011 at 1:00 PM

I am not sure if the impact would be enough for us to see a change at the macro level as you suggest, but I certainly would hope so.

There seems to be a big push to develop simpler applications across the board that if it sticks long term I think we'll see better results.

Luke Wroblewski has a great book on designing applications/websites for mobile devices first in which he stresses the importance of focusing only the core feature when designing for mobile devices and how that eventually transpires to the desktop app/web as companies find that they could also simplify their full app/web site.

Luke W. also makes a great point indicating that we shouldn't "dumb things down" but rather "focus on what really matters most anywhere people can access your site."