Project Management for Software Development

Microsoft Hybrid Project and Portfolio Management

More and more organizations are adopting Agile approaches to software and product development; however, most do not move completely to Agile for all their projects. Different stages of Agile maturity/transformation, and Waterfall thinking by executives create the need for a hybrid or bimodal Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) solution.

Risk Management in Software Development Projects

Enhancing Project Success with Risk Management

Risk refers to uncertain future conditions or circumstances that may adversely impact a project if they occur. A risk represents the possibility, not the certainty, of a future event affecting the success of a software development project. Risk is inherent in all projects. By effectively managing risk, the project team...

Scaling Agile Transformation in a Waterfall Enterprise

Learn how Accenture works with clients to drive agile transformation at all levels of the enterprise. This presentation explores key activities and the lessons learned as Accenture reviews an 18-month journey from waterfall to scrum, to XP. This video talks about getting started with pair programming, starting with unit tests...

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...