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Rescuing a software project from disaster is like dealing with a medical emergency. The problem must be diagnosed rapidly and accurately. There then follows a longer period of treatment and, hopefully, recovery of the patient. This article gives guidance on key topic areas in diagnosing a software project problem including organisational structure and personnel issues, project planning, requirements management, software engineering, verification and infrastructure. Advice is then given on how to treat the problem.
Date of Publication: April 2002