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Software Engineering: Principles and Practice by Hans van Vliet

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Chapter 2. Introduction to Software Engineering Management

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • To be aware of the contents of a project plan

  • To understand the major dimensions along which a software development project is controlled

Note

Software development projects often involve several people for a prolonged period of time. Large projects may even range over several years and involve hundreds of people. Such projects must be carefully planned and controlled. The main aspects that deserve the continuous attention of project managers are introduced in this chapter.

It is not easy to successfully complete a software development project. This book mainly deals with technical aspects of software development: design, specification, implementation and testing of software systems. As we learn to control these aspects better, we will also learn to satisfy our customers' demands better. The organizational and managerial aspects of software development projects are at least as important as the technical aspects, though.

Before we embark on a discussion of these organizational and managerial aspects, let us first pay some attention to the boundaries of a software development project as they are drawn in this book.

A software development project is usually not started in complete isolation. There are other projects within the organization that this particular project needs to be tuned to, priorities between projects have to be decided upon, etc. The term 'information planning' is often used to refer to this meta-project ...

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