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Software engineering ii

Software Engineering-II

Software Project Management

Software project management
Software Project Management!!!

  • IT Projects have a terrible track record

    • A 1995 Standish Group Study found that only 16.2% of IT projects were successful

    • Over 31% of It projects were cancelled before completion, costing over $81bn in the U.S. alone

What is project
What is Project?

Project is a planned activity. Being planned it assumes that

we can determine how we are going to carry out a task before we start.

  • Develop a web page within the next four days that provides information about the departmental time table to new incoming students


    A project is a specific(non-routine), finite task to be accomplished. It carried out in several phases and the resources available are constrained. Any activity that results in a deliverable or a product.

    Projects always begin with a problem. The projects is to provide the solution to this problem.

    When a project is finished it must be evaluated to determine whether it satisfies the objectives and goals.

  • A project is temporary endeavor undertaken to accomplish a unique purpose.

  • Attributes of a project

    • Unique purpose (specified product is to be created)

    • Temporary (non-routine)

    • Planning is required

    • Require resources, often from various areas

    • Carried out in several phases

    • Involve uncertainty

    • Project is large or complex

Software projects vs other types of projects
Software Projects vs. Other Types of Projects unique purpose.

  • Invisibility

    with software progress is not immediately visible

  • Complexity

    per dollar software products contain more complexity

  • Conformity

    software developers have to conform to the requirements of clients.

  • Flexibility

    the ease with which software can accommodate changes.

Definition unique purpose.

  • SCOPE: what is the project trying to accomplish?

    what work must be done to satisfy the customer that deliverables meets the requirements.

  • TIME: How long should it take to complete the project?

    what is the project’s schedule?

  • COST: what should it cost to complete the project?

    The objective of any project is to complete the scope within the budget by a certain time to the customer’s satisfaction

What is management
What is Management? unique purpose.

Management can be defined as all activities and tasks undertaken by one or more persons for the purpose of planning and controlling the activities of others in order to achieve objectives or complete an activity that could not be achieved by other acting independently.

Management functions can be categorized as






Management functions
Management functions unique purpose.

  • Planning

    predetermining a course of action for accomplishing projects objectives

  • Organising

    arranging the relationship among work units for accomplishment of objectives and the granting of responsibility and authority to attain those objectives

  • Staffing

    selecting and training people for completing tasks

  • Directing

    creating an atmosphere that will assist and motivate people to achieve desired end result

  • Controlling

    establishing, measuring, and evaluating performance of activities towards planned objectives

Project management
Project Management!! unique purpose.

Project management is a system of management procedures,



skills, and

experience that are necessary to successfully manage a project.

Laws of project management
Laws of Project Management unique purpose.

  • No major project is ever installed on time, within budget, with the same staff that started it.

    Yours will not be the first

  • Projects progress quickly until they become 90% complete, then they remain at 90% complete forever.

  • One advantage of fuzzy project objectives is that they let you avoid the embarrassment of estimating the corresponding costs.

  • When things are going well, something will go wrong.

    • When things just can’t get any worse, they will

    • When things appears to be going better you have overlooked something

Continue…. unique purpose.

  • If project content is allowed to change freely, the rate of change will exceed the rate of progress.

  • No system is ever completely debugged: attempts to debug a system inevitably introduce new bugs that even harder to find

  • A carelessly planned project will take three times longer to complete than expected, a planned project will take twice as long.

Project management1
Project Management unique purpose.


  • Responsiveness to clients and the environment

  • Ability to make timely trade-off decisions

  • Central focus of decisions to insure overall project optimality

  • Better control, better customer relations, shorter development time, lower costs, higher quality and reliability, higher profit margins, sharper orientation towards results, better co-ordination, higher morale

  • Bosses, customers, and other stakeholders do not like surprises. Good project management provides assurance and reduce risk

  • Project management provides the tools and environment to plan, to monitor, to track, and to manage schedules, resources, cost, and quality

Project management2
Project Management unique purpose.


  • Greater organizational complexity

  • More violations of company policy

  • Lower personnel utilization

  • More managerial conflicts

Management spectrum
Management Spectrum unique purpose.

Effective software project management focuses on the four P’s

  • People

  • Product

  • Process

  • Project

People unique purpose.

Software process is populated by players who can be categorized into followings:

  • Senior Managers

  • Project Managers

  • Practitioners

  • Customers

  • End-users

The project team
The Project Team unique purpose.

The Selection of team occurs early in the life cycle of a software development project.

Common characteristics of effective team members

  • technically competent

  • Politically sensitive

  • Strong problem orientation

  • Strong goal orientation

  • High self –esteem

The project team development
The project team development unique purpose.

Some important tools and techniques for team development

  • Training

  • Team Building

  • Reward and Recognition Systems

Team building
Team Building unique purpose.

A legendary sports manager once said

“it’s easy to get the players. Getting them play together , that’s the hard part”

Team building- developing a group of individuals to accomplish the project’s objectives- is an ongoing process.

Team building helps to create an atmosphere of openness and trust. Members feel a sense of unity and a strong commitment to accomplish the project objectives

Five stages in team development
Five- stages in Team development unique purpose.






Project manager
Project Manager unique purpose.

Once the project is selected, the next step for the senior management is to choose a Project Manager


When the team is formed, choose a leader

It is the PM’s job to make sure that the project is properly planned, implemented and completed.

It is the People - not the procedures and techniques - that are critical to accomplishing the project objectives.

Project manager s role
Project Manager’s Role unique purpose.

Facilitator (Virtual Project Manager)

Many projects are international and team members may be geographically dispersed. Many projects may be carried out by different organizations at different location.


PM is responsible to the project team, to senior management, to the client, to anyone else who may have a stake in the projects performance and outcome.

Moi model of leadership
MOI model of leadership unique purpose.

  • Motivation

    • the ability to encourage technical ppl to produce to their best ability

  • Organization

    • the ability to mold existing processes that will enable the initial concept to be translated into a final product.

  • Ideas or innovation

    • the ability to encourage ppl to create and feel creative even when they must work with in bounds established for particular software product or application.

Project manager s responsibilities
Project Manager’s - Responsibilities unique purpose.

To the Organization

  • Conservation of resources

    • Timely and accurate communication of project’s progress

    • Competent project management

    To the Project Team

    • Competent human resource management

    To the Client

    • Acceptable delivery of project’s product

    • Timely and accurate communication of project’s progress

Pm s responsibilities cont
PM’s - Responsibilities (cont.) unique purpose.

To the Project

• acquisition of resources and personnel

• dealing with obstacles arising during the course

of the project

• exercising the leadership needed to bring the

project to a successful conclusion

• trade-offs between budget, schedule, and

specifications to ensure successful completion of

the project

Project manager s characteristics
Project Manager’s Characteristics unique purpose.

Technical skills

§ Supply of large and small technical solutions

§ Political sensitivity

§ Much of Project Management involves politics and power

§ Solution oriented

§ Goal oriented

§ Results rather than activity focused

Openness through high self-esteem

§ No hiding errors, No witch hunts, No shooting the managers

Selecting a project manager
Selecting a Project Manager unique purpose.

The Best Project Manager is the one who can get the job done

  • In addition the individual should have & be perceived to have by stakeholders the following qualities

  • Credibility

  • Sensibility

  • Leadership

  • Stress-Resistance

Credibility unique purpose.

Technical Credibility

A Reasonable understanding of the base technologies the

project requires

The Aim is to

  • Interpret technical requirements of the client

  • Converse at a useful level with project team experts

  • To Be Able to Explain Technology to Senior Management

    Administrative credibility

  • A complete understanding of project management processes

  • Strong, consistent decision making based on mature, knowledgeable judgment

Sensitivity unique purpose.

Political Sensitivity

  • External politics

    • Client, Senior Management, Functional Managers

    • Power base must be sufficient to get what you want

  • Internal politics

    • Detect and resolve conflicts between team members

  • Technical Sensitivity

    Detecting when technical experts are not telling everything

    • Covering up their own failures

    • Hiding doubts

Leadership unique purpose.

Def: Interpersonal influence, exercised in situations and

directed through the communication process, towards the attainment of a specified goal.

  • Leadership qualities

    • Personal charisma

      Enthusiasm, Optimism, Energy, Courage, Maturity

    • Ethical, Fair

    • Know

      • When to reward, when to punish

      • When to delegate , when to step in

      • When to communicate, when to remain silent

      • How to capitalize on people’s strengths and cover their


Stress resistance
Stress-Resistance unique purpose.

  • Causes (there are plenty of them)

  • Constant decision making

  • More responsibility than authority

  • Overwork

  • Failure to employ consistent project management processes

    – this is the PM’s fault

  • Constant change

  • Political hostility

  • Conflict

  • Satisfying several masters

Project manager vs functional manager
Project Manager unique purpose.vs Functional Manager

  • Project Manager

    • Generalist

    • Facilitator among specialists, indirect technical support

    • Employs holistic, systems approach

    • Decides how resources are obtained

    • What needs to be done and when it must be done

  • Functional Manager

    • Specialist in the area they manage

    • Direct technical supervisor, applies knowledge directly

    • Employs analytical approach

    • Decides how something will be done and who will do it

    • Decides what resources are required

Code of ethics for software engineer
Code of ethics for software engineer unique purpose.

Software Engineers shall

1. act consistently with the public interest

2. act in a manner that is in the best interest of their client and employer

3. ensure that their products and related modifications meet the highest

professional standards possible

4. maintain integrity and independence in their professional judgement

5. subscribe to and promote an ethical approach to the management of

software development and maintenance

6. advance the integrity and reputation of the profession consistent with

public interest

7. be fair and supportive of their colleagues

8. participate in lifelong learning regarding the practice of their profession

Past vs future management
Past vs Future Management unique purpose.

  • Management in Past Future ManagementDirection Empower

    Manage Enable

    Bossing/dictatorship Coaching & apprising/collaboration

    Error hiding Error admitting

    To make profit To hold the customer

    giant steps Baby steps

    Worker supervision Mentoring and profit sharing

Management in Past Future Management unique purpose.

Do it yourself Ask for help

Play safe Take risk and initiative

Crises management Prevention and contingency

Planning Adhoc decisionPlanned decision

Top downTop down & bottom up

Management competitive Collaborative and cross functioning

Coordination and communication issues
Coordination and Communication issues unique purpose.

Kraul and Streeter examine a collection of project coordination techniques that are categorize in following manner.

  • Formal, impersonal approaches

  • Formal, interpersonal procedures

  • Informal, interpersonal procedure

  • Electronic communication

  • Interpersonal networking

Product unique purpose.

  • Description

  • Composition

  • Format

  • Relevant standards

  • Quality criteria

What to produce
What to produce!!!!! unique purpose.

A product breakdown structure (PBS)

Project unique purpose.

Ten signs that indicates that information system project is in jeopardy

  • Software people don’t understand their customer’s need

  • The product scope is poorly defined

  • Changes are managed poorly

  • The chosen technology changes

  • Business needs changes

  • Deadline are unrealistic

  • Users are resistant

  • Sponsorship is lost

  • The project team lacks people with appropriate skills unique purpose.

  • Managers avoid best practices and lessons learned

    Five-part commonsense approach to software projects:

  • Start on the right foot

  • Maintain Momentum

  • Track Progress

  • Make smart decisions

  • Conduct a postmortem analysis(*ASG)

The w5 hh principle
The W5 HH principle unique purpose.

Barry Boehm suggested w5HH principle

  • Why is the system being developed?

  • What will be done, by when?

  • Who is responsible for function?

  • Where are they organizationally located?

  • How will the job be done technically and managerially?

  • How much of each resource is needed?

Risk management
Risk Management unique purpose.

Risk management definition
Risk Management- Definition unique purpose.

  • Risk management is a process that is used extensively for various purposes

    • Recall earlier questions raised about safety, costs, etc.

  • According to “Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary”, risk is defined as a:

    • “possibility of loss or injury”

    • “the chance of loss or the perils to the subject matter of an insurance contract” and

    • “the degree of probability of such loss.”(1)

Our Concern unique purpose.

Risk Strategies

  • Reactive

    • Software team does nothing about risks until something goes wrong

    • “fire fighting mode”

    • At best, monitors the projects for likely risks

  • Proactive

    • Begins long before technical work is initiated

    • Identification of potential risks (studies of probability, impact and priorities)

    • Objective: AVOID RISK

    • Responds are in a controlled and effective manner

Risk categories
Risk Categories unique purpose.

  • Project Risks (budgetary, schedule, personnel, resource, customer)

  • Technical Risks (design, implementation, interfacing, verification)

  • Business Risks (market, strategic, management,budget)

Software Risk

  • Charette:

  • Known risks

  • Predictable

  • Unpredictable

Risk identification
Risk Identification unique purpose.

  • Risk identification is a systematic attempt to specify threats to the project plan

    Generic Product-specific

  • Risk Item List

Identify known and predictable risks

  • Product size

  • Business impact

  • Customer characteristics

  • Process definition

  • Development environment

  • Technology to be built

  • Staff size and experience

What characteristics of this product may threaten our project plan?

Risk identification1
Risk Identification unique purpose.

  • Product Size Risk :

    • Estimated size of the product in LOC or FP?

    • Percentage deviation in size of product from average for previous products?

    • Number of users/projected changes to the requirements for the product?

    • Amount of reused software?

  • Business Impact risks:

    • Effect of this product on the company revenue?

    • Visibility of this product to senior management?

    • Amount & quality of product documentation to be produced?

    • Governmental constraints on the construction of the product?

Risk identification2
Risk Identification unique purpose.

  • Customer related risks: (needs, personalities, contradictions , associations)

    • Have you worked with the customer in the past?

    • Does the customer have a solid idea of what is


    • Will the customer agree to have meetings?

    • Is the customer technically sophisticated in the product area?

    • Does the customer understand the software process?

  • Technology Risks:

    • Is the technology to be built new to your organization?

    • Does the SW interface with new or unproven HW/SW?

    • Do requirements demand creation of new components ?

    • Do requirements impose excessive performance constraints?

Risk identification3
Risk Identification unique purpose.

  • Are facilitated application specification techniques used to aid in communication between the

  • customer and developer ?

  • Are specific methods used for software analysis?

  • Do you use specific method for data and architectural design?

  • Are software tools used to support the software analysis and design?

  • Are tools used to create software prototypes?

  • Are quality/productivity metrics collected for all software projects?

  • Process Risks : (4)

    • Does senior management support a written policy statement that emphasizes a standard process

      for software development ?

    • Is there a written description of the software process to be used?

    • Is the software process used for other projects ?

    • Is configuration management used to maintain consistency among system/software requirements,

      design, code and test?

    • Is a procedure followed for tracking subcontractor performance?






Risk identification4
Risk Identification unique purpose.

  • Development Environment Risks:

    • Is a software project/process management tool available?

    • Are tools for analysis and design available??

    • Are testing tools available and appropriate for the product?

    • Are all SW tools integrated with one another?

    • Have members of the project team received training in each of the tools?

  • Risk Associated with Staff Size and Experience:

    • Are the best people available?

    • Do the people have the right combination of skills?

    • Are staff committed for entire duration of the project?

    • Do staff have the right expectations about the job at hand?

    • Will turnover among staff be low enoughto allow continuity?

Risk identification5
Risk Identification unique purpose.

  • Risk Components and Drivers (U.S. Air Force guidelines)

  • Performance risk: the degree of uncertainty that the product will meet its requirements and be fit for its intended use

  • Cost risk: the degree of uncertainty that the project budget will be maintained

  • Support risk:the degree of uncertainty that the software will be easy to correct, adapt, and enhance

  • Schedule risk: the degree of uncertainty that the project schedule will be maintained

Risk projection
Risk Projection unique purpose.

  • Also called risk estimation, attempts to rate each risk in two ways:

  • Likelihood (probability)

  • Consequences

  • Develop a risk table: A risk table provides a project manager with a simple technique for risk projection

  • For each identified risk, list likelihood, consequence and impact

  • Risk Assessment: Examine the accuracy of the estimates that were made during risk projection. A risk referent level must be defined and the referent point or break point should be established

Risk projection1
Risk Projection unique purpose.

Risk matrix
Risk Matrix unique purpose.
















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Risk mitigation monitoring and management
Risk Mitigation, Monitoring, and Management unique purpose.

  • An effective strategy must consider three issues:

    • risk avoidance,

    • risk monitoring, and

    • risk management and contingency planning.

  • A proactive approach to risk avoidance is the best strategy. Develop a plan for risk mitigation. For example: assume that high staff turnover is noted as a project risk r1, some of the possible steps to be taken are these:

    • meet with current staff to determine causes for turnover

    • assume turnover will occur and develop techniques to ensure continuity when people leave.

    • define a backup staff member for every critical technologies.

Risk mitigation monitoring and management1
Risk Mitigation, Monitoring, and Management unique purpose.

  • As the project proceeds, the following factors can be monitored:

    • general attitude of team members based on project pressures,

    • the degree to which the team has jelled,

    • interpersonal relationship among team members,

    • availability of jobs within the company and outside it

  • In addition of these factors, the project manager should monitor the effectiveness of risk mitigation steps.

  • Risk management and contingency planning assumes that mitigation efforts have failed and that the risk has become reality.

Safety risks and hazards
Safety Risks and Hazards unique purpose.

  • Software safety and hazard analysis are software quality assurance activities that focus on the identification and assessment of potential hazard that may impact software negatively and cause an entire system to fail.

  • If hazards can be identified early in the software engineering process, software design features can be specified that will either eliminate or control potential hazards.

Summary unique purpose.

  • Risk analysis is an important part of most software projects.

  • Risk analysis requires a significant amount of project planning effort.

  • Understanding risk helps you know where to commit your resources.

  • If you don’t actively attack the risks, they will actively attack you.

  • Major projects should all have a risk management plan..

Questions unique purpose.