Acknowledgements

The authors of this text are "masters" not "philosophers," meaning that each has a Masters Degree, but none has a PhD at this time. In the original academic world of associates, bachelors, and masters, the masters of the trade knew how to apply their knowledge to "real" tasks. They were the practitioners. Philosophers were considered to be in a different category, focusing on theory and more ethereal concepts. Our current academic society assumes that philosophers are also masters of application. While there is no question that these philosophers deservedly receive the highest recognition, it also seems to be the case that, with the fields of software engineering and project management, the masters of application are often found in industry rather than in academia. Computer science is to software engineering as chemistry is to chemical engineering. The former is about the theory, and the latter is about practical application of the theory. A mathematician who wrestles with the theoretical question of whether an answer exists, has a different job than the engineer who needs to know the answer in order to use it. While paying homage to all of the theorists who have developed computer science, we hope to be some of the masters, who, in some small way, add to its application.

We wish to personally thank The University of Texas at Austin, Center for Lifelong Engineering Education, Software Quality Institute's staff for their unwavering, cheerful, consistent (and constant) help. They made the last eleven software project management certification program materials available to us, and professionally, efficiently, and effectively helped us get everything we needed. Candy Walser-Berry, Marilyn Robertson, Theresa Lestingi, Heather Wagner, Jayne Tune, Carolyn Stark—thanks! The Chinese railway case study became a real but fair student challenge due to the original work of Jack Odom and the acting skills of John McNeill. The employee owners of Athens Group provided material for Appendix B, "Real World Projects," and a wealth of metrics data. The instructors who shaped the SWPM lessons deserve special credit—many of them are cited in the reference sections of the individual chapters. We appreciate the SQI Board of Advisors who have volunteered their time, since 1993, to make a program of high quality. Thank you Paul Petralia and Jennifer Blackwell at Prentice Hall, and especially to Barry Busier of IBM. And, of course, we also appreciate and thank our children for cheering us on—a collection of four fabulous young women and one incredible young man.

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