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Project Management

Project Management is a methodical approach to planning projects from start to finish.  It does not only apply to Software Development, is can apply to any project.  The Project Management Institute, there are 5 stages.

Initiation, planning, executing, controlling and closing.

Feasibility Study

A feasibility study is undertaken as part of the initiation.  The purpose of a feasibility study is to identify the projects worth.

Project Plan

There are many methodologies that can be applied to Project Management, though documentation is crucial regardless of the type of model chosen or devised for any application, and is usually done in parallel with the development process. Some methods work better for specific types of projects, but in the final analysis, the most important factor for the success of a project may be how closely the particular plan was followed.

Development and Execution

Beginning development using the method chosen.  The tools used should be laid down in the project plan.  Development tools and Case tools.  A programming language will have been chosen along with a case tool.  Ensure that they are compatible.  If using an Object Orientated approach, use a suitable case tool such as Select Enterprise, or Rational Rose.  Visio is a modelling tool which can be used to create any case models in theory, therefore it is less restrictive.

Quality Control

Ensure that there is a Quality Assurance plan that is approved by the client.  For information about Quality Control visit www.computer.org.

Closure Reports

Evaluation of the project.

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