5 Product Planning

This chapter describes how to use time log data to make product plans. A new form, the Job Number Log, is introduced to help you track historical product data and an example shows you how to complete the form. For the assignment, you will complete the new Job Number Log for the productlike tasks you have completed so far with this course.

5.1 The Need for Product Plans

Some years ago while at IBM, I was put in charge of a large software development department with many projects. Most of the projects were seriously late and senior management was very upset. My job was to straighten out the mess. The first thing I did was to review the major projects. To my surprise, none of them had any documented plans. I immediately insisted ...

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