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Software Project Management: Coordinating People, Process, Tools, and Measurements (International Paperback Version) US ISBN# 0201758652

by: Joel Henry

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Publisher: ,2003/05/30


ISBN: 032122342X
ISBN13: 9780321223425

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Software Project Management provides insight to the importance of careful project management. Topics are presented in the same order that they appear in the progression of actual projects. The author utilizes his creative writing background to teach these topics with the tone of a friend sitting beside each student, rather than as a general lecture on the material.

  The text considers the culture of a software project team and the leadership technique needed to make a project successful. It adds to this foundation the importance of the process itself as well. Current software development tools such as Rational Suite, Microsoft Project, and PSP Studio are also addressed. Basic measurements are presented with examples from real-world projects, which shows how a project can be monitored, controlled and assessed. Precise directions and examples are given to illustrate this hands-on method as well as the techniques a student will need to actually perform project management in a real-life situation.


Presents material in the same order as it progresses in a project.

Includes insight from the authors 10 years of experience working on project terms.

Focuses on applications rather than topics.

Provides reference to those tools supporting software project management.

Carries a case study through parts two and three of the book.

Integrates 'case studies' of teams taken from both academic and professional situations, some taken from the author's personal experience.


Table of Contents


      1. Manage Your People.

  Managing Project Culture.

Managing Good People.

Making Good People Better.

Leading Good People.

      2. Implement Your Process.

  Putting a Process in Place.

Implementing a Process.

Assessing a Process.

      3. Leverage Your Tools.

  Choosing Tools.

Training to Use Tools.

Leveraging Tools.

      4. Utilize Your Measurements.

  Selecting Measurements.

Planning Measurements.

Leveraging Measurements.


      5. Form Your Vision.

  Identifying Stakeholders.

Balancing Project Needs.

Assessing Project Risks.

Specifying Project Payoffs.

Specifying and Communicating a Project Vision.

Examining a Case Study.

      6. Organize Your Resources.

  Identifying Hardware.

Identifying Software.

Identifying Support.

Examining a Case Study.

      7. Sketch Your Schedule.

  Estimating Project Size and Effort.

Scheduling Immovable Milestones.

Scheduling Synchronization Points.

Facilitating Communication.

Examining a Case Study.

      8. Write Your Plan.

  Organizing the Plan.

Covering all the Bases.

Reviewing the Plan.

Examining a Case Study.


      9. Roll Out Your Rolls.

  Identifying Rolls.

Matching People to Rolls.

Highlighting Commitments and Dependencies.

Examining a Case Study.

      10. Schedule Your Schedule.

  Identifying and Scheduling Tasks.

Assigning Tasks to Roles.

Creating a Backup Plan.

Examining a Case Study.

      11. Get Your Support.

  Getting Hardware Support.

Getting Software Support.

Getting Tool Support.

Examining a Case Study.

      12. Leave the Starting Line.

  Directing the Team.

Implementing the Technology.

Capturing the Measurements.

Monitoring the Project.

Examining a Case Study.


      13. Monitor Your Project.

  Gathering Information.

Understanding the Information.

Avoiding Problems.

Finding Solutions.

Examining a Case Study.

      14. Reschedule Your Schedule.

  Making the Schedule Important.

Knowing When the Schedule Slipped.

Rescheduling Correctly.

Examining a Case Study.

      15. Engineer a Great Product.

  Requiring Your Requirements.

Designing in Quality.

Implementing Smartly.

Testing Effectively.

Examining a Case Study.


      16. Deliver Your System.

  Planning to Finish.

Finishing a Plan.

Supporting a Project.

Examining a Case Study.

      17. Assess Your Project.

  Planning a Project Assessment.

Analyzing Measurements.

Presenting the Assessment Results.

Examining a Case Study.

              About the Author(s)

Joel Henry managed the design studio software development teams at East Tenneessee State University before joining the faculty at the University of Montana where he's currently an associate professor of computer science. His research interests revolve around topics within software engineering. He earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University.