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Considering Dependencies
Considering Dependencies

Most activities are not performed in isolation on a project. Identifying proper dependencies is a key part of getting the schedule right. This section discusses some considerations for dependencies common in software development projects, with references to the life cycle models

Tags software development project, functional organization

Implementing an Organizational Structure
Implementing an Organizational Structure

When you have selected an organizational structure suitable to the conditions of your project environment, you may find some resistance to implementing it, particularly if you have a low power base. This section will give you some background to help implement a change in the

Tags project team, software development project, matrix organization, organizational approach

Organizational Structures
Organizational Structures

Now that we have a basic understanding of organizations in general, we can look at the common forms that a software development project manager may encounter. In the 1960s and 1970s, various forms of organization were being discussed in the literature. These are shown in

Tags software development project, functional organization, matrix organization, projectized organization

Characteristics of an Organization
Characteristics of an Organization

Many dimensions must be examined in the assessment of the organizational climate for managing a software development project in an organization:

Tags software development project, software executable products, software engineering projects

What Is an Organization
What Is an Organization

At this point in a project management life cycle, we are performing the how planning activities to build the what that the customer wants. When we have the work breakdown structure (WBS) developed enough to represent the work to do, we can consider possible organizational

Tags life cycle, scientific management approach, wbs, development project

Choosing an Organizational Form
Choosing an Organizational Form

Just as there are several product development life cycles to choose from when planning a software development project, there are many organizational forms to choose from. How many kinds are there? Where did they come from? Where are they going? Which one is best under

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Establishing Reporting Relationships
Establishing Reporting Relationships

When the staffing management plan has been started and assignment of people to roles has been done, the project manager can then define the reporting relationships expected to execute the project's activities. Organizations get depicted for a software development project in

Tags software development, wbs, project directory, responsibility assignment matrix, lrc

Assigning Responsibilities to Individuals
Assigning Responsibilities to Individuals

As project manager, your role in staff acquisition and assignment is to determine the specific time, cost, and resource commitments required to complete the project. This must be done for every activity. Some of these cannot be completed until after more planning has occurred,

Tags software size, software development, spmp, staffing plan, staffing pool description

Identifying and Documenting the Project Roles and Skills Needed
Identifying and Documenting the Project Roles and Skills Needed

The project manager has to make a decision who does what and who decides what on the project. Deciding who does what is an exercise in career planning, balancing learning opportunities against accomplishing work on time and managing egos. The particular skills required for

Tags life cycle, software engineering, software development

Assigning Resources
Assigning Resources

When you have a WBS list of modified activities that match the life cycle you have selected for a project, you are ready to allocate resources to them. This should be easy, right? The database people get the database assignments, and the testers get the testing assignments. Not so

Tags life cycle, deliverables, software project, software product

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