The problems with managing software development projects
There is an increasing demand for project leaders to navigate through multiple systems that track various aspects of software development. Even top project managers find themselves buried in vast amounts of communication data, coding reviews, issue management, making them susceptible to overlooking problems that are in plain sight.
Difficulty tracking individual progress
Individual team member invariably use different modes of communication and reporting tools that are difficult for project leaders to track. Tracking progress on a daily basis is impractical and time-consuming at best.
Risks in codebase that go unnoticed
With continuous updates on codes that require review and input from multiple sources, quality control measures may be overlooked, or critical information that affects approval may be lost. This can lead to work being duplicated, or processes being delayed, negatively impacting the project as a whole.
Challenge of supporting members in large teams
While communicating with individual engineers becomes less frequent with larger teams, the opportunity to support them becomes increasingly difficult. Engineers may be lost or stuck for hours or even days, unable to identify the issues that need to be solved, or even what the underlying problems are.
Imprecise data that distorts projections and actual progress
Engineers and project leaders work together in assessing the difficulty level of tasks and projecting realistic time goals. This requires accurate input of data that reflects a good understanding of required skills and a well articulated problem to tackle. It also requires that relevant data be input to start with. Inaccurate appraisal data or even omission of data, heavily affects realistic expectations.