Product Competency Managing Subcontractors Planning Managing and Monitoring Performance

Subcontractor management begins when the project manager determines that some or all of the project work will be outsourced. Clearly, this competency is critical to project success in times of increasingly scarce personnel resources. Chapter 6, "Selecting a Project Team," is the starting place to develop the competence, through the study of project staffing. It presents some basic personality models for understanding people in the context of a high performance team and describes techniques for recruiting and building such teams. These include identifying and understanding personalities, knowing the characteristics of an effective software project team, selecting team members according to a process, and contracting for personnel resources.

Chapter 12. "Assigning Resources," moves to the next step after selecting the project team. Resources include people, software, hardware, facilities, and anything else needed to execute the project plans. We'll discuss issues such as: using named resources versus generic labels; balancing cost ability and availability; determining resource leveling methods; making build versus buy decisions (building products in-house versus buying a commercial-off-the-shelf [COTS] product), and subcontracting versus in-house development.

Every software project manager must build some competency in the basic legal issues surrounding software development. Chapter 32, "Legal Issues in Software," discusses the fundamentals of business law relating to contracts, licenses, and intellectual property. This includes contracting issues such as the procurement cycle and identifying, managing, and protecting intellectual property—patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, and trade dress.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

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.

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