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Successful Software Management Style: Steering and Balance
September/October 2005 (vol. 22 no. 5)
pp. 40-47
Managing software projects successfully has proven to be very failure prone when using the traditional engineering management discipline. Comparing the challenge of software management to that of producing a major motion picture exposes some interesting perspectives. Both management problems are concerned with developing a complex piece of integrated intellectual property with constraints that are predominantly economic. This article introduces some comparisons between managing a software production and managing a movie production, then elaborates four software management practices observed from successful projects. The overall recommendation is to use a steering leadership style rather than the detailed plan-and-track leadership style encouraged by conventional wisdom.
Index Terms:
software project management, scope management, iterative development, software testing
Citation:
Walker Royce, "Successful Software Management Style: Steering and Balance," IEEE Software, vol. 22, no. 5, pp. 40-47, Sept.-Oct. 2005, doi:10.1109/MS.2005.138
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