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Managing the Development of Software-Intensive Systems

ISBN: 978-0-470-53762-6
240 pages
February 2010
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An authoritative primer on managing software-based development projects and complex software/hardware systems

Managing the Development of Software-Intensive Systems discusses the application of project management and general management techniques to large software development projects and complex software/hardware systems. Drawing upon the author's experience in developing a project management workshop for AT&T employees, as well as in teaching software engineering courses at Monmouth University and workshops for a variety of other audiences, this practical guide allows readers to reliably develop large software applications and systems that require the simultaneous development of electronic hardware and the software that controls the hardware.

  • Integrates the project management processes of planning, organizing, monitoring, and control with the underlying technical processes used for product development

  • Teaches how to plan and manage verification and validation for large software projects or complex software/hardware systems

  • Explains what additional management activities must take place in organizations with a multi-project environment

  • Discusses how inspection results and testing metrics can be used to monitor project status

  • Describes techniques to help manage inherent risks in software-based product development

Each chapter is accompanied by a case study based on an actual situation with which the author is familiar; this gives the reader experience in doing the management work. The author teaches readers how to use their own experience to improve the way they manage projects and provides a method for reviewing successes and failures to help increase their capabilities in the future.

Managing the Development of Software-Intensive Systems serves as both an introduction to project management for software and hardware developers and as an advanced material resource for experienced managers. The contents will benefit managers of software-based development projects and organizations, as well as organizations that outsource development work. This book can also be used as a textbook in undergraduate or graduate courses in computer engineering, computer science, software engineering, information technology, commerce, and administration with an information systems orientation.

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Preface.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

1. Overview and Introduction.

2. Planning.

3. Estimation.

4. Planning for Verification and Validation.

5. The Organizing Process.

6. The Monitoring Process.

7. The Control Process.

8. Risk Management.

9. Audits, Reviews, and Assessments.

10. Multi-Projects.

11. Managing Outsourced Development Work.

12. Is a Heavyweight Process Required?

13. Retrospectives.

Index.

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James McDonald, PhD, is an associate professor of software engineering at Monmouth University. He has an extensive industrial background in both software and electrical engineering. Dr. McDonald has worked for AT&T, Bell Laboratories, Bellcore, and Lucent Technologies, managing hardware and software development projects from 1980 to 1999. He has taught numerous courses and workshops in the areas of operations research, microeconomics, quality management, and software project management. Dr. McDonald is also a Senior Life Member of the IEEE, the IEEE Computer Society, the ACM, and ASEE.
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  • Provides an in-depth understanding of how project and general management techniques can be applied to the development of large software based applications and complex software/hardware systems
  • Gives the student experience in doing the management work through realistic case studies

  • Teaches the student how to plan and manage verification and validation for large software projects or complex software/hardware systems

  • Discusses how inspection results and testing metrics can be used to monitor project status

  • Teaches student how to apply their experience to improve project management

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