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Software Project Management
Posted on: June 1, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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This section contains details and key factors of Software Project Management.

Software Project Management

This section contains details and key factors of Software Project Management.

First you need to understand about management :

What is Management ?

Management is the process of organizing and coordinating of functionalities of an organization according to organization policies to achieve certain objectives/ goals.

What is Software Project Management ?

Software Project Management is the collective process of planning, monitoring and controlling the software projects to accomplish it in accordance with company policies, within the provided limit and standards.

Chronicle of Software Project Management

Software industry rises very rapidly in the 1970s and 1980s. Over the time, software companies realizes that there should  be some techniques and methodology to tackle the loop holes of the process.

Companies tries established proven methods but still failed to deliver it under the provided limits. This was due to extended test runs which occurs generally because the delivered software is not in accordance to the user specifications.

The software development strategies you are seeing now are the result of various refinement over the time. During these refinements various software project  failure causes appears, some of the common cause are listed below :

  • Unrealistic or not mentioned user specifications.

  • Improper resource requirement analysis

  • Inaccurately specified system requirements

  • Inadequate feedback of project status

  • Unmanaged risks

  • Inadequate communication among customers, developers, and users

  • Improper selection of technology.

  • Incapability in handling complex projects.

  • Unprofessional development practices

  • Inadequate project management

  • Shareholder politics

  • Commercial pressures

Project Planning

Project Planning includes :

  • Identification the scope of the project
  • Requirement gathering
  • Work estimate
  • Outlining project schedule

Monitoring and Control

This is the execution of the plan scheduled during planning. Project monitoring and control deals with the regular monitoring of the project progress and also insure that it goes in accordance with the gathered requirement, project plan and schedule. If project deviates from the defined requirement limits and project plan, then project management can take strict corrective measures to ensure the correct the project execution.

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