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University of Toronto

Department of Computer Science

CSC444 Lec03 10

Top Ten Risks (with Countermeasures)

Personnel Shortfalls

use top talent

team building

training

Unrealistic schedules and budgets

multisource estimation

designing to cost

requirements scrubbing

Developing the wrong Software functions

better requirements analysis

organizational/operational analysis

Developing the wrong User Interface

prototypes, scenarios, task analysis

Gold Plating

requirements scrubbing

cost benefit analysis

designing to cost

Source: Adapted from Boehm, 1989 see also: van Vliet p192

Continuing stream of requirements changes

high change threshold

information hiding

incremental development

Shortfalls in externally furnished components

early benchmarking

inspections, compatibility analysis

Shortfalls in externally performed tasks

pre-award audits

competitive designs

Real-time performance shortfalls

targeted analysis

simulations, benchmarks, models

Straining computer science capabilities

technical analysis

checking scientific literature

© 2001, Steve Easterbrook

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