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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

What Is a Phase
What Is a Phase

In any large, complicated project, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer number of tasks and activities that need to be completed. A convenient way to deal with this volume is to divide the project into groups of tasks that make it easier for us to understand and

Tags software project management, phase, life cycle

What Is a System
What Is a System

Right behind "thing" as the most confusing word in the English language, "system" can mean just about anything for software. This uncertainty has historically been a root cause of problems in understanding software requirements. So, we will define it here for our

Tags software project management, slc phase, swpm

People Management Skills
People Management Skills

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

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Selecting Software Development Life Cycles
Selecting Software Development Life Cycles

By definition, a project is a unique undertaking, resulting in a unique product. It follows, then, that a project is likely to employ a unique process for product development. How does a

Tags spmp, software manager, software project management

The SEI CMM and the Life Cycle
The SEI CMM and the Life Cycle

Quality software project management is based upon the interlaced bodies of knowledge from three sources: software engineering (ACM, IEEE), project management (PMI), and quality (ASQ). The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University includes all

Tags software project management, software engineering, life cycle

The Prototype Software Development Life Cycle Model
The Prototype Software Development Life Cycle Model

Fred Brooks's classic, The Mythical Man-Month, is as fresh today as it was in 1975. Technology has changed the world in radical ways, but many shortcomings of software project management remain the same. Decades ago, Brooks said:

Tags software project management, prototype, software development

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

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