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.
Some practical experience of software development projects.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
A mix of lecture, discussions and exercises will be used during the course.