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Background for Requirements Management
Background for Requirements Management

A number of excellent guides to requirements elicitation have been published; therefore, our intention is not to rearticulate them, but to make the reader aware of them and the power of their use. Gerald Weinberg, Roger Pressman, and Barry Boehm have suggested steps to gather

Tags software system, software requirements, requirements engineering, requirements elicitation

Eliciting Requirements
Eliciting Requirements

Almost everyone involved in software engineering or software project management during the last 20 years is well aware of the importance of requirements. We rarely hear of a success story declaring victory over the ever-elusive set of specs, but we often hear poor requirements

Tags life cycle, software product, software project management

Critical Chain Scheduling
Critical Chain Scheduling

Up to now, we have talked only about the classical project management scheduling techniques (PERT, CPM, PDM, etc). Now that you have grounding in what "classical PM" is all about, let's consider some recent thinking in the scheduling field. Since the 1950s when PERT and CPM

Tags toc, buffer sizing, project schedule, chain schedule

Map the Schedule to a Real Calendar
Map the Schedule to a Real Calendar

One of the things that seems to confuse most new project managers is how to build a workable schedule. Often, since they know they want a Gantt chart when they are done (because they saw one in a management review once), they start with that view of their WBS in a scheduling

Tags gantt chart, scheduling software, leveling algorithm

Leveling Resource Assignments
Leveling Resource Assignments

When all the resources (Assigning Resources) have been allocated to the scheduled and precedence-linked (Considering Dependencies) activities from the WBS (Creating the Work Breakdown Structure), and the activity-constrained schedule is prepared, the resource

Tags resource overloads, scheduling algorithm.scheduling tools

PERT and CPM Scheduling
PERT and CPM Scheduling

These two methods of schedule analysis have been around since the 1950s, and form the foundation of what the profession knows about scheduling today. CPM (critical path method) was developed by DuPont in 195859, and uses fixed-time estimates for each activity. PERT

Tags beta distribution, triangular distribution, schedule analysis, gantt chart, scheduling

Scheduling Fundamentals
Scheduling Fundamentals

There are several ways to represent a schedule. Let's look at some of them and learn what they show best. We'll look at the three most common forms of presenting a project schedule: table, Gantt chart, and network diagram.

Tags project schedule, gantt chart, dependencies, logic chart, wbs

The Uncertainty of Scheduling the Future
The Uncertainty of Scheduling the Future

Recognize the uncertainty principle at work (see Considering Dependencies). The planned schedule is just the team's best guess of the future. It does have some allowance for uncertainty management with time reserves built into it, just as management builds cost reserves

Tags deliverable, wbs, software estimation, software development project

Why Schedule
Why Schedule

What a question! Why even mess with all the details of trying to figure out what real dates a project scheduling algorithm tells us the project can be finished by, when the date will be declared unacceptable and pulled up anyway? This is a real problem facing many software

Tags scheduling algorithm, gantt chart, scheduling method, software development project

Scheduling the Work
Scheduling the Work

The schedule is derived from the WBS and contains activity duration, important milestones and work products to be produced, and who is responsible for them. Generally represented as a Gantt chart, but equally useful as a table, the schedule adds flesh to the WBS backbone,

Tags gantt chart, scheduling, life cycle, spmp

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