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The Whole Is the Sum of the Parts
The Whole Is the Sum of the Parts

The personality of a project consists of individuals who, in turn, have complicated personalities. Taibi Kahler proposes, Observing people is like observing holograms. A hologram comprises hundreds of thousands of independent images, each of which portrays a complete object

Tags project management, life cycle, project registers, scheduling tools, project leader, project team

Working Together Requires a Framework
Working Together Requires a Framework

A team can sing at the same time but not talk at the same time. The difference is a common sheet of music. This is the framework provided by project management competencies.

Tags teamicide, cliques, project manager, life cycle, project lab

Defining the Goal and Scope of the Software
Defining the Goal and Scope of the Software

So far we have explained processes and life cycles as a framework for performing software project management. This section explains the beginning of formal project creation. In this section, we explain how the project and product processes fit together to define a unique project

Tags project creation, life cycle, product development, project management

Project Planning
Project Planning

Why plan? Won't the plans just change anyway? Why waste a lot of time and effort writing down what we think we're going to do, just to have blind luck change it all before we're done? Why not "just do it" and handle whatever happens whenever it happens? These are good questions

Tags life cycle, project charter, software deliverables, software project

The Software Project Management Plan
The Software Project Management Plan

This is a vital document of a project. It describes how the project is supposed to be executed and what it is going to create. Next in importance would be the SRS. The SPMP should include definitive project information that contains:

Tags life cycle, project charter, srs, spmp, deliverables

Creating the Work Breakdown Structure
Creating the Work Breakdown Structure

If you have obtained a project charter and an excited customer, why go to the trouble to build a work breakdown structure? After all, aren't you a software engineering professional? The work breakdown structure (WBS) is the heart of a project plan, as most of the other parts of a

Tags project charter, project plan, software product, life cycle, competencies

What Is a Work Breakdown Structure
What Is a Work Breakdown Structure

In simple words, a WBS is a hierarchical list of the work activities required to complete a project. It will contain managerial, administrative, integral, or developmental activities for:

Tags wbs, gantt chart, project manager, life cycle, project milestones

Approaches to Building a WBS
Approaches to Building a WBS

A WBS can be organized in many ways, but it is generally best to arrange the activities around major work products and customer deliverables that will satisfy the customer's requirements. We make a distinction here between work products (anything tangible produced by

Tags deliverables, project charter, life cycle, project scope, affinity diagramming

Building a WBS for Software
Building a WBS for Software

The WBS is the key work product needed to do software project estimating. In many projects, what hurts you the most are not the things that you estimate poorly, but the things that you forget to include at all. In preparation for sizing the work to be done (see "Software Size and

Tags software project, wbs, life cycle, software planning, software architectures

Identifying the Tasks and Activities
Identifying the Tasks and Activities

As explained in "Creating the Work Breakdown Structure" building a product-oriented work breakdown structure (WBS) involves decomposing a large activity (the whole project) into successively smaller activities (top-down approach) until the work is explained in detail to manage

Tags wbs, software project, life cycle, software product, project management skills

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