Software Project Management Process

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  • boil the ocean

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  • Infinite Monkey Theorem

    The Infinite Monkey Theorem is a proposition that an unlimited number of monkeys, given typewriters and sufficient time, will eventually produce a particular text, such as Hamlet or even the complete works of Shakespeare. 

  • storyboard

    A storyboard is a graphic organizer that provides the viewer with a high-level view of a project. 

  • multitasking (in humans)

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  • planning poker

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  • work breakdown structure (WBS)

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  • Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination (SPICE)

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  • PERT chart (Program Evaluation Review Technique)

    A PERT chart is a project management tool used to schedule, organize, and coordinate tasks within a project. 

  • Gantt chart

    A Gantt chart is a horizontal bar chart developed as a production control tool in 1917 by Henry L. Gantt, an American engineer and social scientist. 

  • collaboration diagram

    A collaboration diagram, also called a communication diagram or interaction diagram, is an illustration of the relationships and interactions among software objects in the Unified Modeling Language (UML). The concept is more than a decade old althoug... 

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About Software Project Management Process

Software project management comes in many flavors. Project management methods and approaches include agile, iterative, incremental, adaptive, process-based or a traditional phased approach, often called a waterfall model. Some organizations are using hybrid approaches which may combine the disciplines of the traditional approaches with the flexibility of some of the agile methods. The software project management and quality assurance industry leaders are continually striving to find new and better ways to improve efficiency and quality in the software development lifecycle.