Project Management: Success Factors

Authored by: Scott Donaldson , Stanley Siegel

Encyclopedia of Software Engineering

Print publication date:  November  2010
Online publication date:  November  2010

Print ISBN: 9781420059779
eBook ISBN: 9781351249270
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This entry presents experience-based management techniques for achieving consistent software systems development success. Success here means developing software systems that: 1) do what they are supposed to do; 2) are delivered on time; and 3) are delivered for the agreed-upon costs. The techniques presented are based on the principles of setting up an organizational way of developing software systems that: 1) creates a customer/developer partnership; 2) reduces risk by accounting for stuff happening; 3) fosters effective communication between the customer and the developer; 4) manages changes resulting from anticipated risks that do materialize and changes from unplanned risks that may materialize; and 5) formalizes customer and developer accountability for decisions made.

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