Managing Software Development Projects

5 Day Course
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CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS (3 topics)

  • Defining Success
  • Gaining Buy-in
  • Self-assessment (initial)

PROJECT INITIATION (2 topics)

  • Initiation Activities
  • Using a structured approach

DEFINING TERMS OF REFERENCE (4 topics)

  • Defining TOR
  • Using the 7-stage approach
  • Validating TOR
  • Using TOR during the project lifecycle

PROJECT ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES (3 topics)

  • Defining the key project team roles
  • Allocating responsibilities
  • Using a Responsibility Matrix

RISK MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES (5 topics)

  • Defining risk & types of risk
  • Project risk versus business risk
  • Using a 3-stage approach
  • Running risk workshops
  • Ongoing risk management

PROJECT STRUCTURES (7 topics)

  • Defining a project structure
  • Examining commonly used structures
  • Project lifecycles versus development lifecycles
  • Benefits of a project structure
  • Creating a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Understanding Product Breakdown Structures
  • Two-level planning

ESTIMATING METHODS (5 topics)

  • Common problems with estimating
  • Using work distribution models
  • Creating a standard task matrix
  • Estimating using the WBS
  • The Delphi estimating technique

PLANNING METHODS (5 topics)

  • The steps of planning
  • Using dependency networks
  • Planning for contingency
  • Planning for control
  • Using planning tools

PROJECT CONTROL (4 topics)

  • Defining project control
  • The 4-stage process
  • Time & cost control
  • Quality control & Change control

PROJECT COMMUNICATIONS (2 topics)

  • Types of communication
  • Producing a communications strategy

LEADERSHIP VERSUS MANAGEMENT (4 topics)

  • Definitions
  • Personal leadership styles
  • Situational Leadership
  • Personal motivation

MOTIVATING THE PROJECT TEAM (3 topics)

  • Overview of motivational theory
  • Putting the theory into practice
  • Situational Motivation

COACHING THE PROJECT TEAM (4 topics)

  • Coaching versus mentoring versus training
  • Using a 5-stage model for coaching
  • Using a 3-stage model for giving feedback
  • Coaching opportunities in projects

WINNERS PROJECT MANAGEMENT GAME™ (3 topics)

  • Developing the Project Strategy
  • Acquiring Project Deliverables
  • Testing the Project Strategy

SUMMARY & CONCLUSION (3 topics)

  • Key learning points
  • Personal assessment (final)
  • Action planning

Prerequisites

Some experience of IT Project Management or have previously attended the 3 day Introduction to Project Management Course.

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