Performing the Initial Assessment - Assessing Difficulty, Risks, Costs, and

Performing the Initial Assessment - Assessing Difficulty, Risks, Costs, and

Product Competency 7:

Performing the Initial Assessment - Assessing Difficulty, Risks, Costs, and Schedule

"Identifying the Tasks and Activities" explains the preparation of software development task descriptions within each life cycle process. Also included are references to the usual and customary integral processes essential to run the project. When assessing the difficulties of initiating the software development project, these areas must be mastered: project management, software quality assurance, unit and system testing, configuration management, contract management, and communicating and reporting.

The key to successful software project planning is good estimating. In the software domain, task duration is generally dependent on software size. "Software Size and Reuse Estimating" explains helpful estimating methods for sizing software, including: counting measures, reusing software, and understanding software estimation methods.

With a size estimate and some historical data, duration and costs can be estimated. "Estimating Duration and Cost" details what the elements of a cost estimate are and how to prepare one. This includes effort measures, components cost estimation, estimation accuracy, productivity measures, and parametric models.

"Determining Project Risks" explains how to analyze the constructed plan for risks and produce a major project deliverable: the risk management plan. We describe the nature of risk management, models, risk identification, where to look for risks, risk analysis, quantification tools, risk response development, rating and ranking risks, preparing the risk management plan, and periodic risk changes reporting.


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