controlling the software process
for software evolution and growth
|Are the days of the traditional project numbered?
At least within software engineering, a traditional project involves a largely self-contained team, performing a finite task with a definite end-date. The team is relatively homogeneous - different skills and experience marking different rungs on the same career ladder. People are usually allocated full-time for the duration of the project, and report to the project leader or manager - although they may also retain a reporting line to another manager.
Challenges to the traditional approach include:
Please contact us for help with these challenges.
|Maximizing the satisfaction of customer and other stakeholder needs is paramount.|
|All work in a project is carried out as a set of planned and interlinked tasks.|
|Quality has to be built into both product and process.|
|Management is responsible for creating an environment for quality.|
|Management is responsible for continuous improvement.|
[source: ISO 10006]
|project management||white papers and other materials|
|Notes on Measurement and Control||Business metrics and software metrics||October 2001|
|Project Estimation||Estimation skills, confidence and overconfidence, project risk, contingency||June 1999|
|Project Types||Construction, Research, Reengineering, Procurement, Business Implementation||May 1999|
|Programme Management||Programme||May 2001|
|Effective Management of CBD Projects (pdf)||Component-Based Development||November 1998|
|project management||internet links|
|Project Management Forum: "Managing the Deadline"||by the folk who brought you SCIMITAR Risk Management|
|Prince2||PRINCE is the official project management methodology of many large Government and commercial organizations.|
|APM||The Association for Project Management.|
|The Programme Management Special Interest Group||offers five definitions of Programme|
Project Management Booksveryard projects > project management > books
|Robert Block||The Politics of Projects||One of my favourite books on project management, sadly out of print.|
|Fred Brooks jr||The Mythical Man-Month||The classic book on software project management.|
|Tom DeMarco||The Deadline||A novel about project management, from one of the best-known software gurus.|
|Gerald Weinberg||Becoming a Technical Leader||Top recommendation - brilliantly written and packed with insight.
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