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April 2013 Archive


Tailoring Processes - Modifying Standard Processes to Suit a Project
Tailoring Processes - Modifying Standard Processes to Suit a Project

As discussed with competency 1, "Assessing Processes" it is often useful to customize or tailor processes, procedures, and life cycles to meet the specific requirements of a project.

Tags configuration management, life cycle, software development project

Tracking Product Quality - Monitoring the Quality of an Evolving Product
Tracking Product Quality - Monitoring the Quality of an Evolving Product

Quality of product is the responsibility of the whole development team and of all the stakeholders. The project manager is responsible for putting the processes in place to

Tags project manager, life cycle, software quality

Understanding Development Activities - Learning the Software Development Cy
Understanding Development Activities - Learning the Software Development Cy

As with competencies 1, "Assessing Processes" and 9, "Tailoring Processes" the waterfall model ( “Introduction” figure “The Iterative Waterfall Model Software Life Cycle (SLC)” ) is

Tags software development, life cycle, project manager

Project Management Skills
Project Management Skills

Just as with product skills, each of the project management skills from the 34 competencies will be covered in this blog. A brief description of each will appear below and in next articles,

Tags life cycle, project management, process

Documenting Plans - Identifying Key Components
Documenting Plans - Identifying Key Components

Documenting plans and other project artifacts, an important part of project management, is frequently forgotten or ignored. Documentation ranges from program code analysis and

Tags product development, life cycle, project management

Estimating Cost - Estimating Cost Required to Complete a Project
Estimating Cost - Estimating Cost Required to Complete a Project

Along with schedule and scope, forecasting and managing costs represent fundamental and essential skills. These competencies are not easy - it has been said that the only thing harder

Tags software size, software development project, project cost

Estimating Effort - Estimating Effort Required to Complete a Project
Estimating Effort - Estimating Effort Required to Complete a Project

Fundamental to cost estimating is approximating the effort required to build the software product. Certainly, effort estimation depends on size estimation, which in turn depends on a

Tags software project, software product, project manager

Monitoring Development - Monitoring the Production of Software
Monitoring Development - Monitoring the Production of Software

Once the team starts the production of software, the project manager must monitor the production process in various ways. These include software production and quality metrics,

Tags project manager, milestones, software project

Selecting Metrics - Choosing Appropriate Metrics
Selecting Metrics - Choosing Appropriate Metrics

Metrics are the yardstick for a software development project. They serve as an early warning system, a way to keep your finger on the pulse. If a project is changing direction off course,

Tags detection system, software development project, configuration management

Tracking Process - Monitoring Compliance of the Project Team
Tracking Process - Monitoring Compliance of the Project Team

Part of the software quality assurance function, this skill includes tracking project execution against defined processes, recognizing deviations, and knowing what to do about them.

Tags process, project management, life cycle

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