Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Bhowmik, Tanmay

Committee Member

Seale, Maria

Committee Member

Torri, Stephen

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only


Computer Science

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Computer Science and Engineering


This paper focuses on the importance of effective software development processes and a foundational understanding of success factors in the public sector. Although there has been significant investment in information technology, not all public sector software projects result in a successful return on investment. This study explores the crucial factors, referred to as Critical Success Factors (CSFs), that enable the success of public sector software development projects. Additionally, this study aims to discover if the CSFs, the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), or its methodologies are more impactful for the success of software projects. This study aims to also identify the challenges public sector developers face during their efforts. By analyzing empirical data collected from a US Department of Defense Research and Development organization, this research aims to provide essential information for improving the likelihood of successful software project outcomes. Ultimately, this research can enable decision-makers to create better training opportunities, standard operating procedures, and hiring processes for public sector software projects.