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Three Aspects of Successful Software Development Projects, “When are projects canceled, and why?”

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


Euromicro Conference




Successful project execution, successful technical solutions or a promising business case, are they equally important selection criteria in a product development process? We have used experiences gained from a large multinational industrial company that is currently deploying a software product line strategy to try to answer that question. The product line’s core assets include, among other things, a new software platform that is introduced to the company’s software development organizations by means of a portfolio of targeted pilot projects. A business decision-making process is used to select and prioritize projects within the portfolio. This paper report findings from an analysis of a large number of projects and will indicate that the three criteria are not equally important


author = {Christina Wallin and Ivica Crnkovic},
title = {Three Aspects of Successful Software Development Projects, “When are projects canceled, and why?”},
month = {September},
year = {2003},
booktitle = {Euromicro Conference},
publisher = {IEEE},
url = {}