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Class3-ProjectMana_Ch5 - Project management Topics covered...

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    Project management
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    Topics covered Management activities Project planning Project scheduling Risk management
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    Concerned with activities involved in ensuring that software is delivered on time and on schedule and in accordance with the requirements of the organisations developing and procuring the software. Project management is needed because software development is always subject to budget and schedule constraints that are set by the organisation developing the software. Software project management
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    The product is intangible. The product is uniquely flexible. Software engineering is not recognized as an engineering discipline with the same status as mechanical, electrical engineering, etc. The software development process is not standardised. Many software projects are 'one-off' projects. Software management distinctions
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    Proposal writing. Project planning and scheduling. Project costing. Project monitoring and reviews. Personnel selection and evaluation. Report writing and presentations. Management activities
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    These activities are not peculiar to software management. Many techniques of engineering project management are equally applicable to software project management. Technically complex engineering systems tend to suffer from the same problems as software systems. Management commonalities
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    Project staffing -  constraints May not be possible to appoint the ideal people to work on a project Project budget may not allow for the use of highly-paid staff; Staff with the appropriate experience may not be available; An organisation may wish to develop employee skills on a software project. Managers have to work within these constraints especially when there are shortages of trained staff .
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    Project planning Probably the most time-consuming project management activity. Continuous activity from initial concept through to system delivery. Plans must be regularly revised as new information becomes available. Various different types of plan may be developed to support the main software project plan that is concerned with schedule and budget.
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    Types of project plan Plan Description Quality plan Describes the quality procedures and standards that will be used in a project. See Chapter 27. Validation plan Describes the approach, resources and schedule used for system validation. See Chapter 22. Configuration management plan Describes the configuration management procedures and structures to be used. See Chapter 29. Maintenance plan Predicts the maintenance requirements of the system, maintenance costs and effort required. See Chapter 21.
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