Females and Failures

Gender, Software November 15th, 2006

Further to my rant the other day, I wonder if the shockingly high project failure rate in Software is in any way related to the shockingly low participation of females in the field. Is there some sort of relationship between lack of females and failure?

Sure, other disciplines of engineering have been around for a lot longer than Software, and due to social norms throughought the ages, they have been male dominated fields. So one could argue that it’s more due to the maturity of the field of engineering than to female participation rates.

But very few software projects actually fail because of technical issues. The majority of them fail because of miscommunication and mismanagement (aka requirements and schedule). Women are in general good communicators, and I wonder if the rate of failures would be reduced by an increase in the number of female Software Engineers.

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