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Managing Software Development Projects: Formula for Success, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-07683-4
400 pages
May 1995
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Practical, comprehensive--a complete, no-nonsense guide to better project management...

This no-nonsense troubleshooting guide was written for frontline managers who want results, not rhetoric. Short on theory and long on practical, hands-on advice and guidance, it arms you with proven, easy-to-implement solutions to big ticket problems that plague today's software development projects, including those relating to personnel, quality, project scheduling and tracking, product requirements, product quality and usability, and much more. Written in a straightforward, conversational style and packed with realistic scenarios, Managing Software Development Projects, Second Edition shows you how to:
* Identify, resolve, and avoid most common development problems
* Improve the quality of your products and your customers' satisfaction with them
* Shorten development cycles
* Increase the productivity of your team members

Updated and expanded by over 50 percent to reflect many changes that have occurred in the field over the past four years, this Second Edition of the bestselling original is now, more than ever, an indispensable resource for every project manager or software developer.
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Table of Contents

Defining a Software Development Process.

Discipline: The Glue That Holds It All Together.

Communicating in Harmony.

Project Schedule Planning: Getting in Control.

Project Tracking: Staying in Control.

Planning for Quality.

Managing Priorities Effectively.

Product Requirements: Understanding the Customer's Problem to Solve.

Product Objectives: Providing Direction for the Solution.

Product Specifications: Defining the Final Product.

Product Ease of Use.

Development Testing: Strengthening the Weak Link.

Vendor Relationships.

Postproject Review: Understanding the Past to Improve the Future.



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Author Information

NEAL WHITTEN is a popular speaker, teacher, consultant, and author in the fields of project management, software development, and personal development. Formerly a senior systems engineer with IBM, he has over 25 years of frontline software engineering experience. He managed the development of a variety of software products, including the early design activities of OS/2 and other operating systems, telecommunications applications, and special purpose programs. He also managed an assurance group and was responsible for providing independent assessments on numerous software projects. Mr. Whitten is a member of the Project Management Institute and is a certified Project Management Professional. His other books include Becoming an Indispensable Employee in a Disposable World.
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