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Dynamic Software Development

Managing Projects in Flux, 1st Edition

By Timothy Wells

Auerbach Publications

264 pages | 133 B/W Illus.

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The ever changing nature of information makes the job of managing software development notoriously difficult. Dynamic Software Development: Managing Projects in Flux eases the burden by defining the principles, practices, skills, and techniques needed to manage a dynamic development environment. At a hands-on level, the text helps managers define the project goal and the actual situation, plan progress, manage developers, and monitor productivity. At a higher level, the book helps managers determine a strategic framework, ease workflow in the development environment, obtain funding, increase economic return, and implement leadership by consensus.

Targeted at those who manage information systems, corporate information, and developers, the book features a section at the end of each chapter to help you apply and customize the recommended techniques to your specific organization. It addresses recent approaches to building applications such as Extreme Programming, Adaptive Software Development, and "lightweight" methodologies. Noting the failure of similar techniques in the past, the author shows how such ideas can only achieve their true potential via the common, consistent management techniques outlined in Dynamic Software Development.

About the Author:

Timothy Wells is a recognized expert in project management and project planning. Mr. Wells is an associate professor in Information Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has more than 28 years of experience in the software industry. His current focus is on information asset management and the effective use of technology for improving organizational performance.


"If you wish Information Technology projects would add business value and avoid missing deadlines, then read this. This book offers Information Technology project managers a method to ensure: no one is surprised (expectations are met), users are delighted, developers feel good about their work, change requests are quickly and successfully addressed."

- The Measured Newsletter

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Table of Contents

Defining the Goal…Or Visualizing the Ideal

Skills and Success

Knowledge Management

Manager's Nightmare

Information as the Manager's Tool

Trust What You Know, Not What You Are Told

Applying Dynamic Management

Defining Work…Or What's Really Happening in the Trenches

A Day in the Life of a Developer

Relating Management to Work

A Unit of Work = Chunk of Information

Defining Tasks

Projecting Size

Work and Corroboration

Make It Specifically Yours

Applying Dynamic Management

Planning Progress…Or What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Information Structure

Real Building Blocks

Reward Complete Thinking

Real Uncertainty

Watch the Result, Not the Process

Applying Dynamic Management

Managing Developers…Or Dance With the One Who Brought You

No Management? No Documentation?

Diverse Skill Set

Combining Work and Learning

The Team of One

Multi-Team Efforts

Motivating by Rewarding Consistent Work

Applying Dynamic Management

Monitoring Productivity…Or Getting Better All the Time

Measuring Work Done

Measuring What Has Changed

Determining Work's Cost

Demanding Enhanced Value

Applying Dynamic Management

Strategic Framework…Or Metadesign Integrity

The Importance of System Architecture

Technology Decisions

Mapping Architecture to Elements

Architecture's Dark Side

Applying Dynamic Management

Constructive Development Environment…Or Making Work Flow

Conflict within the Environment

Seven Components of a Development Environment

Sources of Conflict

Assessing the Environment

Ongoing Assessment

Applying Dynamic Management

Managing Managers…Or I'm OK, but the Rest of Them?

Dealing with Expectations

The Delegate Channel

The Collaborate Channel

The Service Channel

Selling Enhanced Value

Applying Dynamic Management

Funding and Economic Return…Or Paying the Way

Funding as Risk Containment

Funding the Perpetual Effort

Paying for Asset Development

Applying Dynamic Management

Leadership by Consensus…Or if You're Going My Way

Decision Councils

Leadership through Criticism

Need for Responsibility

Applying Dynamic Management



Distorted Reality…Or Why Phased Management is Appealing

Where to Begin…Or Getting Started with Dynamic Management

Capability Maturity Model and Dynamic Software Management

Dynamic Management Information Model


Reading List

DSM Case Study

Each chapter concludes with a case study excerpt

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Production & Operations Management
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
COMPUTERS / Software Development & Engineering / General