Category Archives: Software Project Management

Topic 13 – Software Project Management

Why do I need to learn about software project management?

Knowing how to create applications does not mean that you will create software SUCCESSFULLY. Creating software successfully means that you satisfy all customer's REQUIREMENTS on TIME and on BUDGET with high QUALITY while making both customer and yourself HAPPY. Especially, your software must create REVENUE for your customer.

Have you ever wondered why many software projects failed; why Google, Microsoft, IBM, etc. abandoned many projects? Software project management will provide you knowledge so that you could improve the success of your software projects and mitigate all the project risks.

What can I do after finishing learning about software project management?

You will know how to plan a project, including scoping, estimating time and resources, creating a schedule, identifying and responding to risks, etc. 

You will know how to create software following a methodology (i.e. waterfall, rational unified process, iterative and incremental development, agile method, Scrum method, extreme programming).

You will know how to manage project configurations, how to control project changes, how to report project status, how to control product quality, process quality.

You will know how to collaborate with others to create software, how to motivate your partners.

Uh-oh! I am a developer. I do not want to be a project manager. Do I really need to learn this topic?

If you have a doubt about its usefulness then please only return to this topic 
- when you are asked by your manager when you can finish your task and you do not know the answer or 
- when you cannot work with other team members together to finish a task requiring a collaboration to be done or 
- when you cannot complete a task on time due to incidents or 
- when you wonder why a project manager's salary is 3 times larger than yours.

Alright! What should I do now?

Software project management requires a lot of reading. At this point you need to read at least 7 books about software project management.
In order to get familiar with software project management please read this "Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene (2005). Applied Software Project Management" book first.
After that please read this "Frederick P. Brooks Jr. (1995). The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering" book to learn the timeless principles of software project management.
After that please read this "Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister (2013). Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams" book to learn how to deal with human side of software project management.
After that please read this "Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister (2003). Waltzing With Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects" book to learn how to deal with software project risks.
After that please read this "Philippe Kruchten (2003). The Rational Unified Process: An Introduction" book and this "Per Kroll et al. (2003). The Rational Unified Process Made Easy: A Practitioner's Guide to the RUP" book to learn how to develop software using a managed process.
After that please read this "Scott W. Ambler et al. (2005). The Enterprise Unified Process: Extending the Rational Unified Process" book.
After that please read this "Steve McConnell (2006). Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art" book to learn how to estimate effort, time and cost for a software project.
After that please read 
- this "Ken Schwaber (2004). Agile Project Management with Scrum. Microsoft Press" book and
- this "Jonathan Rasmusson (2010). The Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software. Pragmatic Bookshelf" book and
- this "Kenneth S. Rubin (2012). Essential Scrum A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process. Addison-Wesley Professional" book and
- this "Mike Cohn (2010). Succeeding with Agile - Software Development Using Scrum. Addison Wesley" book and
- this "Kent Beck and Cynthia Andres (2004). Extreme Programming Explained Embrace Change. 2nd Edition. Pearson Education" book and
- this "James Shore and Shane Warden (2008). The Art of Agile Development. O'Reilly" book.
After that please read this "Mike Cohn (2005). Agile Estimating and Planning" book.
After that please read this "Project Management Institute (2017). A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge" book.
 After finishing the books please click Topic 14 - Introduction to Database Design to continue.