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Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by Nobody: 11:52am On May 23, 2017
This is an interactive discussion. We are going to be looking at reasons why software projects fail in Nigeria.

I will like people to share their various experiences on this thread so that we can all learn.

Personally, I will start by putting the primary blame on:
- Low budget
- N.E.P.A

This ones are just a TIP of the ice berg, let us open the discussion guys.

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Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by JackOfAllTrades: 11:58am On May 23, 2017
To be honest, I don't think NEPA should even be considered a factor, we are all used to the epileptic power supply in this country since childbirth, if you really wanted to undertake a software job you should be ready to provide alternate source of power steadily be it power banks, Inverter, Generators they should be made available. Funding and motivation are what I would consider a major factor.

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Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by Afam4eva(m): 12:01pm On May 23, 2017
Hmm, great topic...

Like someone said, since we're in Nigeria, issues like electricity should no longer hinder us because if you intend to create a software, you should have in mind that there won't be power always, so you have to provide an alternative source of power.

I think one of the reasons why software/apps/etc fail is that they're just not good enough and that's because of funding issues and lack of due diligence and proper research.

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Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by Nobody: 12:05pm On May 23, 2017
thanks boys, this is just the kind of discussion we need to have once in awhile to improve and save lives!
Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by Nobody: 12:05pm On May 23, 2017
I will comment later
Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by Nobody: 12:07pm On May 23, 2017
Febup:
I will comment later
We dey wait for you.
Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by babawarunn(m): 2:29pm On May 23, 2017
The software/IT market is not well regulated. This means quacks can dish out inferior products at will. This affects competent Programers because top organisations find it difficult to trust Nigerian Programers/Developers, because of the high chance of the person being a quack,so they outsource jobs to foreigners.The few competent ones don't get enough jobs and hence don't have enough money to fund major projects,thereby leading to more projects failure.

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Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by Nobody: 2:52pm On May 23, 2017
^^^that too is happening
Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by talk2hb1(m): 3:09pm On May 23, 2017
1) Low Budget: Clients will be begging you with little money (Baba Oko mi) my Inlaw abeg do am now, na small money them sign out, only to discover that along the line the budget does not meet your expenses (Fuel and Internet Cost, among others).
2) Scope Creep: Some Client can be so cunning, that they will tell you to develop a custom Blogging platform for them when they discover that you can program login for them in minutes.

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Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by Nobody: 4:00pm On May 23, 2017
^^^I wanted to mention this too, but you have said it even better than me.

Now, how do we move this thread to the PROMISE LAND?
Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by Nascimento(m): 4:23pm On May 23, 2017
Plenty of road side/quacks are in the industry. They'll tell clients that they can build a robust software in 3 days for just peanut fee. This is one major factor I see in the industry. Very few good and capable programmers, but plenty people who claim to be software developers because they know small HTML.

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Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by rayyspark(m): 4:33pm On May 23, 2017
Nascimento:
Plenty of road side/quacks are in the industry. They'll tell clients that they can build a robust software in 3 days for just peanut fee. This is one major factor I see in the industry. Very few good and capable programmers, but plenty people who claim to be software developers because they know small HTML.
Well said. Some just jump into what they dont know

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Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by trytillmake(m): 4:42pm On May 23, 2017
dhtml18:
This is an interactive discussion. We are going to be looking at reasons why software projects fail in Nigeria.

I will like people to share their various experiences on this thread so that we can all learn.

Personally, I will start by putting the primary blame on:
- Low budget
- N.E.P.A

This ones are just a TIP of the ice berg, let us open the discussion guys.


The topic "why software projects fail in Nigeria" can u be more explicit by the meaning of fail, do u consider projects like facebook, watsapp, twitter as successes if yes then don't u think it is the idea and sponsorship (first d idea) behind these projects that made them succeed ? my opinion though, if u have the right idea, do you think we will have a failed project no matter the location worldwide, again my opinion.

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Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by Nobody: 4:45pm On May 23, 2017
Imagine a client wanted me to develop a site with the functionality of MMM from the scratch in 3 days. I pointed them to a website they can download an MMM clone and walked away, just imagine the KONKOBILITY!

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Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by Afam4eva(m): 4:47pm On May 23, 2017
trytillmake:



The topic "why software projects fail in Nigeria" can u be more explicit by the meaning of fail, do u consider projects like facebook, watsapp, twitter as successes if yes then don't u think it is the idea and sponsorship (first d idea) behind these projects that made them succeed ? my opinion though, if u have the right idea, do you think we will have a failed project no matter the location worldwide, again my opinion.

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I think we've gone beyond the era of ideas doing the magic. The problem these days is mostly funding and putting the proper structure in place. There are a lot of smart people who can whip up ideas anyhow, so ideas are really not it these days.

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Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by silento(m): 8:56pm On May 23, 2017
I will never forget dhtml18
that guy is the reason my bank account is smilling today

I use to develop desktop app

until I start monitoring dhtml18 I discover that this guy knows many language but html na his selling point I start emulating him I start learning html 1week. css 1week getting to php I discover it was almost same with c language my favorite language

so I just look at it once download a reference pdf for php

head over to sql and mysql under one month I finish am ready to test my skills learnt so far

few weeks later a close friend hook me up to program huawei modem unlock code calculator in php I was paid 15k

it was like a movies

less than 2weeks I landed a farm website and a website for organization this two website landed almost 150k in my account in less than one month

I have coded in c,c++,python for 4years with total gain of 80k for almost 3years

but in less than 3months in web developing I have earn more than 200k


the reason people fail in programming world is not solving a real problem with your code

you have love calculator, scientific calculator, love calculator, bank software, school, hotel software

they are good but have you actually been to hotel to see how hotel systems work have you been to school and ask lectures and teachers what they need to help them do there work and suggests ideals for them

before I dive into web programming I have offline software which I have do for individuals that help them carry out there daily task fast and easy

this people are the ones that referred to me almost 40% of my web clients

so here is my reasons why people fail

1.not making a usefulness software

2. not knowing your niche ;

believe it or not nothing sells than online and mobile software in Nigeria

200millions active internet users Bro

why develop for offline if you are sure 200millions are waiting online for your web app


3. cheap price

I was once guilty of this
under charging a client later you will discover that only gas money have finish all the money that the beginning of not meeting a dead line

you don't need to kill your client with price

but try to calculate the cost before telling a client the final amount and always to extra 50k or 40K we dey Nigeria even if you tell Him 1k he will still price it five hundreds

it is better to be called over charging programmer than to be called a quack one who always fails to deliver


I will save the lest for another day

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Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by sharrp: 11:53pm On May 23, 2017
silento:


I will never forget dhtml18
that guy is the reason my bank account is smilling today

I use to develop desktop app

until I start monitoring dhtml18 I discover that this guy knows many language but html na his selling point I start emulating him I start learning html 1week. css 1week getting to php I discover it was almost same with c language my favorite language

so I just look at it once download a reference pdf for php

head over to sql and mysql under one month I finish am ready to test my skills learnt so far

few weeks later a close friend hook me up to program huawei modem unlock code calculator in php I was paid 15k

it was like a movies

less than 2weeks I landed a farm website and a website for organization this two website landed almost 150k in my account in less than one month

I have coded in c,c++,python for 4years with total gain of 80k for almost 3years

but in less than 3months in web developing I have earn more than 200k


the reason people fail in programming world is not solving a real problem with your code

you have love calculator, scientific calculator, love calculator, bank software, school, hotel software

they are good but have you actually been to hotel to see how hotel systems work have you been to school and ask lectures and teachers what they need to help them do there work and suggests ideals for them

before I dive into web programming I have offline software which I have do for individuals that help them carry out there daily task fast and easy

this people are the ones that referred to me almost 40% of my web clients

so here is my reasons why people fail

1.not making a usefulness software

2. not knowing your niche ;

believe it or not nothing sells than online and mobile software in Nigeria

200millions active internet users Bro

why develop for offline if you are sure 200millions are waiting online for your web app


3. cheap price

I was once guilty of this
under charging a client later you will discover that only gas money have finish all the money that the beginning of not meeting a dead line

you don't need to kill your client with price

but try to calculate the cost before telling a client the final amount and always to extra 50k or 40K we dey Nigeria even if you tell Him 1k he will still price it five hundreds

it is better to be called over charging programmer than to be called a quack one who always fails to deliver


I will save the lest for another day

Pure crap. Am not front end guy, and I got a remote job for a company at germany, python, javascript, c++ and.elixir
Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by dragonking2: 12:14am On May 24, 2017
sharrp:

Pure crap. Am not front end guy, and I got a remote job for a company at germany, python, javascript, c++ and.elixir
Please how did you apply for the job?
Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by Nobody: 12:49am On May 24, 2017
dragonking2:
Please how did you apply for the job?
I am still very puzzled, we must be missing some information here!
Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by romme2u: 1:32am On May 24, 2017
1. Lack of proper funding and commitment from project owners.

2. Lack of experience and understanding of project requirements/scope by developers.
Most developers over estimate their abilities and undertake jobs far bigger than their skill set especially the newbies who feel they can build anything with their little knowledge which triggers number one point. This in turn destroys the confidence prospective clients have in developers and their ability to deliver complex projects. Reason most firm outsource jobs abroad.


3. Lack of specification and requirement analysis of the project by both parties before commencement.
No proper agreement on project details which leads to misunderstanding between clients and developers during execution causing delays, friction and extensions/freeze.

4. Not keeping to agreements by both parties.
Developer bungles deadlines without proper communication with the client. Client fails to deliver information/content when needed and also fails to assess/approve project milestone on time.

5. Underestimation of project cost and duration which is mostly due to 2 and 3 above.

i would have added lack of proper communication but that depends on a solid agreement between both parties.

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Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by AkQWA: 10:18am On May 24, 2017
Our mobile apps fail to gain traction because we don't have an African-based app store. You could have the best mobile app but it will never show up on top page of google play or apple store. That is problem number 1 for African mobile developers.

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Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by onedayatime(m): 10:57am On May 24, 2017
sharrp:

Pure crap. Am not front end guy, and I got a remote job for a company at germany, python, javascript, c++ and.elixir

I don't really get your msg. Please, explain futher

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Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by Ezechinwa(m): 4:56pm On May 24, 2017
JackOfAllTrades:
To be honest, I don't think NEPA should even be considered a factor, we are all used to the epileptic power supply in this country since childbirth, if you really wanted to undertake a software job you should be ready to provide alternate source of power steadily be it power banks, Inverter, Generators they should be made available. Funding and motivation are what I would consider a major factor.

sometimes the best programmers ie the one's who could build the next Facebook are the really poor (financially) people. its the responsibility of the Government to at least support programmers by providing these basic amenities.


I repeat, Google, Facebook Whatsapp are powerful apps but have you wondered why Africans don't create viral apps frequently?

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Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by silento(m): 4:58pm On May 24, 2017
sharrp:

Pure crap. Am not front end guy, and I got a remote job for a company at germany, python, javascript, c++ and.elixir


and fake life programmer are the 4 one
Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by sharrp: 6:30pm On May 24, 2017
dragonking2:
Please how did you apply for the job?
Did not really apply, i met the owner of the startup on slack team for elixir/ phoenix
Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by sharrp: 6:31pm On May 24, 2017
onedayatime:


I don't really get your msg. Please, explain futher
Like, its not just html that can sell
Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by sharrp: 6:31pm On May 24, 2017
silento:



and fake life programmer are the 4 one

Lol, no time for debate
Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by silento(m): 7:04pm On May 24, 2017
sharrp:

Lol, no time for debate

just finish uploading a site I get time till morning bro
Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by olagamalin(m): 8:03pm On May 24, 2017
PLS I need a solid app developer for a new start-up in Lagos and US.

She/he must be highly creative.

Send me a mail on olagamalin@gmail.com.

#Cheers
Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by kanayoNickel: 9:39pm On May 24, 2017
sometimes, the problem is lack of collabos.

Most programmers like their 3D/CGI peers feel like Bronze Gods.

They never belive in working together, forming hubs, you know, that sort of thing.

they become too encased in the program they learnt and feel an intense,almost suffocating need, to guard their skill.

They forget that collaborating more breeds innovation and sharpens intelligence. Nigerian programmers should adopt the MIT model

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Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by Nobody: 9:56pm On May 24, 2017
silento:


just finish uploading a site I get time till morning bro
Keep it up jare, great to see you are doing well. I have something that will help your cause, just keep in touch.
Re: Why Software/web/mobile Application Projects Fail In Nigeria by silento(m): 10:18pm On May 24, 2017
dhtml18:

Keep it up jare, great to see you are doing well. I have something that will help your cause, just keep in touch.

ok sir

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