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April 2013 Archive


Introduction
Introduction

In October 1968, fifty software engineers from eleven different countries, "all concerned professionally with software", attended a NATO Science Committee conference in Garmish, Germany. While most discussions were focused on the technical sides of design, production,

Tags software development, life cycle, project manager

Introduction to the 34 Competencies
Introduction to the 34 Competencies

In the early stages of software project management, the best programmers were promoted to the role of project manager because they showed capability with the tools (programming languages, compilers, etc.) and often displayed knowledge of a domain, such as a scientific,

Tags project management, software engineering, real-time application

Surveying the Foundations
Surveying the Foundations

Before defining the product, process, and people categories where the 34 project management (PM) competencies have been grouped, it will be helpful to describe some fundamental terms in order to create a shared vocabulary. We will suggest practical

Tags project management, process, prototype

What Is Software Project Management
What Is Software Project Management

This blog is about the practice of software, project, and management. Which term is most important, and what do the words really mean? And how do the 34 competencies fit into them? Many authors have proposed variations over the years, and the standards

Tags software engineering, project management, ieee

What Is Software Engineering
What Is Software Engineering

According to Barry Boehm, software engineering is: A practical application of scientific knowledge in the design and construction of computer programs and the associated documentation required to develop,

Tags software engineering, ieee, project manager

What Is a Project
What Is a Project

Though we just studied the phrase software project management through dictionary definitions and professional standards organizations descriptions, the individual terms are important enough to bear further investigation.

Tags project management, pm triangle, software development

What Is a Program
What Is a Program

Like a project, and frequently confused with it, is the program. Though many people refer to these interchangeably, the disparities are usually of scale. Let's look at a few existing

Tags software quality, software product, pmi

What Is Project Management
What Is Project Management

PMI describes PM as: a set of proven principles, methods and techniques for the effective planning, scheduling, controlling and tracking of deliverable-oriented work (results) that help

Tags program management, project management, pmi

Some Other SPM Useful Definitions
Some Other SPM Useful Definitions

Besides the terms software, project, management, software project management, software engineering, program, and project management, there are some others that will be used

Tags software engineering, software project management, process management

What Is a Task? What Is an Activity
What Is a Task? What Is an Activity

Tasks and activities are frequently used interchangeably, causing some confusion. Unfortunately, there is no consensus within the software project management community for the relationship between activities and tasks. In some areas, activities are composed of

Tags software project management, task, activity

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