Whether you're starting a software project from scratch, or fixing an ailing one, this handy guide helps you out. It provides essential project management tools, techniques, and practices - all designed to eliminate the frustrating cycle of releases and patches. It supplies you with the information you need to diagnose your team's situation.
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Applied Software Project Management by Andrew Stellman
"If you're looking for solid, easy-to-follow advice on estimation, requirements gathering, managing change, and more, you can stop now: this is the book for you." --Scott Berkun, Author of The Art of Project Management What makes software projects succeed? It takes more than a good idea and a team of talented programmers. A project manager needs to know how to guide the team through the entire software project. There are common pitfalls that plague all software projects and rookie mistakes that are made repeatedly--sometimes by the same people! Avoiding these pitfalls is not hard, but it is not necessarily intuitive. Luckily, there are tried and true techniques that can help any project manager. In Applied Software Project Management, Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene provide you with tools, techniques, and practices that you can use on your own projects right away. This book supplies you with the information you need to diagnose your team's situation and presents practical advice to help you achieve your goal of building better software. Topics include: * Planning a software project * Helping a team estimate its workload * Building a schedule * Gathering software requirements and creating use cases * Improving programming with refactoring, unit testing, and version control * Managing an outsourced project * Testing software Jennifer Greene and Andrew Stellman have been building software together since 1998. Andrew comes from a programming background and has managed teams of requirements analysts, designers, and developers. Jennifer has a testing background and has managed teams of architects, developers, and testers. She has led multiple large-scale outsourced projects. Between the two of them, they have managed every aspect of software development. They have worked in a wide range of industries, including finance, telecommunications, media, nonprofit, entertainment, natural-language processing, science, and academia. For more information about them and this book, visit http://www.stellman-greene.com.
Jennifer Greene and Andrew Stellman have been building software together since 1998. Andrew comes from a programming background, and has managed teams of requirements analysts, designers and developers. Jennifer has a testing background, and has managed teams of architects, developers and testers. She has led multiple large-scale outsourced projects. Between the two of them, they have managed every aspect of software development. They formed Stellman & Greene Consulting in 2003, with a focus on project management, software development, management consulting and software process improvement. They have worked in a wide range of industries, including finance, telecommunications, media, non-profit, entertainment, natural language processing, science and academia. For more information about them and this book, visit http://www.stellman-greene.com.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Introduction Tell Everyone the Truth All the Time Trust Your Team Review Everything, Test Everything All Software Engineers Are Created Equal Doing the Project Right Is Most Efficient Part I: Tools and Techniques Part II: Using Project Management Effectively Part One. Tools and Techniques Software Project Planning Understand the Project Needs Create the Project Plan Diagnosing Project Planning Problems 3. Estimation Elements of a Successful Estimate Wideband Delphi Estimation Other Estimation Techniques Diagnosing Estimation Problems 4. Project Schedules Building the Project Schedule Managing Multiple Projects Use the Schedule to Manage Commitments Diagnosing Scheduling Problems 5. Reviews Inspections Deskchecks Walkthroughs Code Reviews Pair Programming Use Inspections to Manage Commitments Diagnosing Review Problems 6. Software Requirements Requirements Elicitation Use Cases Software Requirements Specification Change Control Introduce Software Requirements Carefully Diagnosing Software Requirements Problems 7. Design and Programming Review the Design Version Control with Subversion Refactoring Unit Testing Use Automation Be Careful with Existing Projects Diagnosing Design and Programming Problems 8. Software Testing Test Plans and Test Cases Test Execution Defect Tracking and Triage Test Environment and Performance Testing Smoke Tests Test Automation Postmortem Reports Using Software Testing Effectively Diagnosing Software Testing Problems Part Two. Using Project Management Effectively 9. Understanding Change Why Change Fails How to Make Change Succeed 10. Management and Leadership Take Responsibility Do Everything Out in the Open Manage the Organization Manage Your Team 11. Managing an Outsourced Project Prevent Major Sources of Project Failure Management Issues in Outsourced Projects Collaborate with the Vendor 12. Process Improvement Life Without a Software Process Software Process Improvement Moving Forward Bibliography index
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