Project Management for Software Development

Is Agile Always Appropriate?

This article describes a recent experience with a software development project trying to adopt the Agile methodology without enough guidance. This methodology is then compared with the traditional Waterfall approach, the potential advantages and pitfalls of both being compared. It is assumed that readers have basic understanding of both methodologies.

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Restart in Project Management

Diana Larsen and Ainsley Nies define the project liftoff as the activity that will “generates the momentum teams need to overcome the inertia presented by lack of common purpose, unclear communication channels, undefined working relationships, and other areas of ambiguity. A liftoff also provides the positive force that moves a...

Your Project Behaves Like a Hurricane: Forecast It Like One

Do your projects seemingly spin up out of nowhere, strike when least expected, and leave a trail of destruction in their wake? Though the butt of many jokes, weather forecasting—and in particular hurricane forecasting—has gotten surprisingly good over the past few decades.

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Who Should I Listen To? Prioritizing Organizational Stakeholders

Stakeholders are individuals or organizations who stand to gain or lose from the success or failure of a software development project. This article focuses is on the prioritization of stakeholders within the organization to create the good requirements for a successful project. It presents a process for dealing with internal...

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Managing Virtual Software Development Projects

In a global software development world, many software development projects are now virtually organized with remote team members distributed across different countries and time zones, employed directly by the sponsor company, recruited in software outsourcing organizations or freelance platforms. This article discusses the specific techniques that could help you manage...

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Are You a ScrumBut?

ScrumButs are defined as reasons why teams cannot take full advantage of Scrum to solve their problems and realize the full benefits of product development using Scrum. A ScrumBut retains the problem while modifying Scrum to make it invisible so that the dysfunction is no longer a thorn in the...

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Getting Loyalty in Software Development Projects

Lack of loyalty is a serious problem in organizations everywhere today and software development projects. People don’t expect to spend their full career in the same company and are ready to jump ship rapidly if they think that they could loose their job or if the get a better offer...

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Fear of Intervention

Sometimes simple practices can be used to increase the efficiency of developers in software development projects. Fear of intervention of subordinates is one of the main impediment for efficiency and this is what Willem van den Ende discusses in this article.