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Software Project Management : a Unified Framework (98 Edition)by Walker Royce
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Software Project Management presents a new management framework uniquely suited to the complexities of modern software development. Walker Royce's pragmatic perspective exposes the shortcomings of many well-accepted management priorities and equips software professionals with state of the art knowledge derived from his twenty years of successful from the trenches project management experience.
This book provides a clear and provocative discussion of the economics, metrics, and management strategies needed to plan and execute a software project successfully. Royce discusses--with refreshing candor--some of the fads, follies, and excesses of the software industry, clearly differentiating proven techniques from obsolete methods. Paired with this insightful examination are compelling arguments for new management approaches that are sure to stimulate debate. The relative impacts of these new techniques are quantified through simple economic analyses, common sense, and anecdotal evidence. The resulting framework strikes a pragmatic balance between theory and practice that can be readily applied in today's challenging development environment. An extensive case study analysis of a large-scale, million-line project--deployed successfully on schedule and under budget using these techniques--further illustrates their application.
Software Project Management provides the software industry with field-proven benchmarks for making tactical decisions and strategic choices that will enhance an organization's probability of success. This book includes:
Software project managers face the same challenges as managers in other industries and disciplines. For example, they must keep their teams motivated, cost justify their strategies, beat deadlines, and balance budgets. These issues are even more challenging in the world of software development, where technologies, terms, and processes shift rapidly. This book explains the latest management strategies and techniques in software development and provides managers with the necessary background and keen insight to plan and execute a successful software project.
Software Project Management presents a new management framework uniquely suited to the complexities of modern software development. Walker Royce's pragmatic perspective exposes the shortcomings of many well-accepted management priorities and equips software professionals with state-of-the-art knowledge derived from his twenty years of successful from-the-trenches project management experience. is book provides a clear and provocative discussion of the economics, metrics, and management strategies needed to plan and execute a software project successfully. Royce discusses-with refreshing candor-some of the fads, follies, and excesses of the software industry, clearly differentiating proven techniques from obsolete methods. Paired with this insightful examination are compelling arguments for new management approaches that are sure to stimulate debate. The relative impacts of these new techniques are quantified through simple economic analyses, common sense, and anecdotal evidence. The resulting framework strikes a pragmatic balance between theory and practice that can be readily applied in today's challenging development environment. An extensive case study of a large-scale, million-line project-deployed successfully on schedule and under budget using these techniques-further illustrates their application. Software Project Management provides the software industry with field-proven benchmarks for making tactical decisions and strategic choices that will enhance an organization's probability of success. This book includes: x Top ten principles for modern software management x Strategies for smoothly transitioning an organization to modern processes and technologies (such as Rational's Unified process) x Methods for keeping software engineering teams motivated and effectively prioritized x Insight into how technology, people, and economics impact project management. x Metrics and forecasting guidance for project costs, schedules, and quality control
Includes bibliographical references (p. 397-399) and index.
About the Author
Walker Royce is a Vice President and General Manager at Rational Software Corporation. During the past two decades at Rational and TRW he has performed in roles ranging from coder, designer, integrator, cost estimator, and trainer to software architect, project manager, product manager, R&D manager, technical fellow, and principal consultant.
Table of Contents
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
I. SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT RENAISSANCE.
1. Conventional Software Management.
The Waterfall Model.
Conventional Software Management Performance.
2. Evolution of Software Economics.
Pragmatic Software Cost Estimation.
3. Improving Software Economics.
Reducing Software Product Size.
Object-Oriented Methods and Visual Modeling.
Improving Software Processes.
Improving Team Effectiveness.
Improving Automation through Software Environments.
Achieving Required Quality.
Peer Inspections: A Pragmatic View.
4. The Old Way and the New.
The Principles of Conventional Software Engineering.
The Principles of Modern Software Management.
Transitioning to an Iterative Process.
II. A SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT PROCESS FRAMEWORK.
5. Life-Cycle Phases.
Engineering and Production Stages.
6. Artifacts of the Process.
The Artifact Sets.
The Management Set.
The Engineering Sets.
Artifact Evolution over the Life Cycle.
7. Model-Based Software Architectures.
Architecture: A Management Perspective.
Architecture: A Technical Perspective.
8. Workflows of the Process.
Software Process Workflows.
9. Checkpoints of the Process.
Periodic Status Assessments.
III. SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT DISCIPLINES.
10. Iterative Process Planning.
Work Breakdown Structures.
Conventional WBS Issues.
Evolutionary Work Breakdown Structures.
The Cost and Schedule Estimating Process.
The Iteration Planning Process.
11. Project Organizations and Responsibilities.
Evolution of Organizations.
12. Process Automation.
Tools: Automation Building Blocks.
The Project Environment.
13. Project Control and Process Instrumentation.
The Seven Core Metrics.
Work and Progress.
Budgeted Cost and Expenditures.
Staffing and Team Dynamics.
Change Traffic and Stability.
Breakage and Modularity.
Rework and Adaptability.
MTBF and Maturity.
Pragmatic Software Metrics.
14. Tailoring the Process.
Stakeholder Cohesion or Contention.
Process Flexibility or Rigor.
Example: Small-Scale Project versus Large-Scale Project.
IV. LOOKING FORWARD.
15. Modern Project Profiles.
Early Risk Resolution.
Teamwork among Stakeholders.
Top 10 Software Management Principles.
Software Management Best Practices.
16. Next-Generation Software Economics.
Next-Generation Cost Models.
Modern Software Economics.
17. Modern Process Transitions.
V. CASE STUDIES AND BACKUP MATERIAL.
Appendix A. The State of the Practice in Software Management.
Appendix B. The COCOMO Cost Estimation Model.
Appendix C. Change Metrics.
End-Product Quality Metrics.
Pragmatic Change Metrics.
Appendix D. CCPDS-R Case Study.
Context for the Case Study.
Common Subsystem Overview.
Common Subsystem Product Overview.
Risk Management: Build Content.
The Incremental Design Process.
The Incremental Test Process.
Cost/Effort Expenditures by Activity.
Software Size Evolution.
Subsystem Process Improvements.
SCO Resolution Profile.
CSCI Productivities and Quality Factors.
Award Fee Flowdown Plan.
Appendix E. Process Improvement and Mapping to the CMM.
Pragmatic Process Improvement.
Questions Not Asked by the Maturity Questionnaire.
Overall Process Assessment.
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