Unfortunately software development projects have long been identified with budget complications, delays and failure concerning scope. For instance, the widely quoted CHAOS Reports of the Standish Group, whose first results were released in 1994, find that while this situation has improved, deviations from the plan continue to be present in a majority of projects. In this paper, we study the ... [Show full abstract] current state of success in software development projects, contrasting their results with those of civil engineering projects. The obtained results show the relative success that has been achieved in the industries studied in terms of meeting deadlines, budgets and scope. Although differences do exist, several similarities were found.