Product Competency Performing the Initial Assessment Assessing Difficulty Risks Costs and Schedule

Chapter 9, " Identifying the Tasks and Activities," describes the preparation of software development task descriptions within each life cycle process. Also included are references to the usual and customary integral processes necessary to run the project. When assessing the difficulties of initiating the software development project, these areas must be mastered: project management, software quality assurance, unit and system testing, configuration management, contract management, and communicating and reporting.

The key to successful software project planning is good estimating. In the software domain, task duration is usually dependent on software size. Chapter 10. "Software Size and Reuse Estimating," describes useful estimating techniques for sizing software, including: counting measures, reusing software, and understanding software estimation methods.

With a size estimate and some historical data, duration and costs can be estimated. Chapter 11, "Estimating Duration and Cost," details what the elements of a cost estimate are and how to prepare one. This includes effort measures, components cost estimation, estimation accuracy, productivity measures, and parametric models.

Chapter 18, "Determining Project Risks," describes how to analyze the constructed plan for risks and produce a major project deliverable: the risk management plan. We describe the nature of risk management, models, risk identification, where to look for risks, risk analysis, quantification tools, risk response development, rating and ranking risks, preparing the risk management plan, and periodic risk changes reporting.

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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