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Quality Software Project Management by Linda I. Safer, Donald F. Shafer, Robert T. Futrell

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Chapter 12. Assigning Resources

When you have a WBS list of customized activities that match the life cycle you have chosen for a project, you are ready to assign resources to them. This should be easy, right? The database people get the database assignments, and the testers get the testing assignments. Not so fast. There are several dimensions to the resource assignment problem that a software development project manager should know about and consider when parceling out the work. All programmers are not created equal. Jealousy and bickering can erupt over choice assignments, creating more work for the project manager to manage conflict within the team. Career paths intersect and fork. And workloads get unbalanced, leading to project schedule ...

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