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Project Design Fundamentals: Righting Software

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What you’ll learn and how you can apply it

  • You will learn how to win.

This course is for you because…

  • Any architect, project manager, development manager, or even aspiring senior developer wanting to grow their skill set would benefit greatly from the class.


  • An open mind. This session goes against everything you have seen or practiced. Past pain is a plus.

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The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing.

Introduction to Project Design (90 minutes)

  • Staffing a software project
  • The core team
  • Driving educated decisions
  • Estimations
  • The project network
  • Assigning resources
  • Earned-value planning
  • 10 minutes break

Additional Concepts (30 minutes)

  • Network diagrams
  • Float analysis
  • Time-cost curve
  • Quantifying risk

Project Design in Action (60 minutes)

  • From architecture to network diagram
  • Planning assumptions
  • Normal solution
  • Limited resources
  • Subcritical staffing
  • Compressing the project
  • Modeling the time-cost curve
  • Modeling risk
  • Acceptable risk zone
  • Presenting the options
  • 10 minutes break

When to design a project (20 minutes)

  • Resources, wrap-up and next steps (10 minutes)
  • Final Q&A

Your Instructor

  • Juval Lowy

    Juval Löwy is the founder of IDesign and a master software architect specializing in system and project design. He has helped countless companies deliver quality software on schedule and on budget. Juval participated in the Microsoft internal strategic design reviews and is a frequent speaker at the major international software development conferences. Juval published several bestsellers, and his recent book is Righting Software (Addison-Wesley, 2019). Juval published numerous articles, regarding almost every aspect of modern software development and architecture. Juval conducts Master Classes around the world, teaching thousands of professionals the skills required of modern software architects. Microsoft recognized Juval as a Software Legend as one of the world’s top experts and industry leaders.

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