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DURATION: 3 days

There is a wealth of information on project management. But unfortunately, we have come to realise that only a small fraction applies to software project management. This course covers new practices and new ideas Project Managers ought to consider to make their software development projects succeed. Why did the traditional approaches to project management used in other industries fail in software endeavours? This course will include a critique of the “thermostat model” of management of WBS (Work Breakdown Structure), Gantt and PERT charts, and much of the common wisdom represented in the PMBOK, for example. We will look at how a new breed of techniques and tools are emerging, more suited to software development, with iterative development and Agile methods: XP, Scrum, Lean Development, Adaptive development, RUP, and how to reconcile the new with the old.

This course will earn participants 21 PDUs (Professional Development Units) with the Project Management Institute.

Intended for: 

  • Those who want to learn about leading  and guiding software development or implementation projects
  • Those involved in software projects moving into a team leader or project management role
  • Software Project Managers preparing a PMP certification
  • Experienced Project Managers with little or no experience in software development


Some practical experience of software development projects.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the complete view of the role of a Software Project Manager
  • Understand the multiple activities of a Software Project Manager
  • Have a framework with which to plan and run a software project
  • Use a variety of tools and effective techniques for software project management


  • Managing software projects
  • Managing risks
  • Managing time
  • Managing quality
  • Managing objective and scope
  • Managing complexity
  • Managing changes
  • Managing software assets
  • Managing people
  • Managing external stakeholders
  • Managing the software process
  • Managing software projects: wrap up 


Method used:
A mix of lecture, discussions and exercises will be used during the course.

Course outline:
Software Project Management Outline (PDF)