The effects of organizational culture on risk management during software development

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
The inevitable challenge of time, schedule, cost and scope in software projects has been a matter of concern even for powerful names like Microsoft and IBM. No matter how well equipped an establishment is, these projects come entrapped in risks. However, dealing proactively with these risks could truly be rewarding. There are several books, methodologies and tools which attempt to deal with Software Project Risk Management; nevertheless there is always another side to solving a problem, which the research is going to explore. The research is centered on the subject of studying whether it is the methodology or the work culture or both, which is responsible for the success or the failure of a software project. The subject of “Cultural Issues Impacting Risk Management” during software project development has been explored by very few authors with a narrow coverage. The main aim of this study is to obtain an understanding of key cultural barriers to effective Software Project Risk Management. The study begins with identifying the software project risks and risk behavior during various Software Development Life Cycles, followed by studying the means of culture emergence in an organization and how it influences the software development process. Moreover, the initial studies are researched further by means of interviews, surveys and case studies. The outcome of which is used to develop a support structure to aid organizations identify and assess Software Project Risks, by making it an integral part of the organizational conduct.
risk management, software project risks, organizational culture