1: Arrange the following definitions into a hierarchy from top level to bottom: Activity Phase Program Project System Task
2: After reading the descriptions in this chapter, define the following terms in your own words: 34 competencies Activity Management People skills Phase PM triangle Process Product skills Program Project
Project skills Software
Software engineering Software life cycle
Software project management (SWPM)
3: Visit the Web sites of three of the listed standards organizations. How does the presentation of materials promoted by their organization aid you in adopting their standards? How does the Web presentation detract from your adoption? Based on the information presented, compare and contrast the standards promoted by each of the three organizations.
4: If you were going to begin the process of tailoring a process for your organization, how would the techniques of alternative processes and development activities affect your decisions?
5: Give examples of methods, tools, and technologies that you use in your day-to-day business activities.
6: Go to the Web site www.pmi.org and peruse the PMI PMBOK. Download Chapter 3, "Project Management Processes," to see how this book fits the software development life cycle into the PM phases of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing.
7: Look on the Web for descriptions of some of the instruments used to indicate basic personality types. A typical search on MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) will return links like these:
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What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.