Issue No. 04 - July/August (1998 vol. 15)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/52.687946
In our search for solutions to make software development more predictable and controllable, we often look for parallels in other disciplines such as architecture, bridge construction, and so on. This article looks at software development from the perspective of the electrical industry. Inspired by their management tradition, ATH techniek b.v. has learned to apply proven management techniques to software development. Simple and commonsense principles yield excellent results; for instance, developers reduced risk by estimating project effort using two different measures and by controlling execution. Comparing your software development processes with what goes on in the rest of your company or another application domain can be instructive.
R. Baines, "Across Disciplines: Risk, Design, Method, Process, and Tools," in IEEE Software, vol. 15, no. , pp. 61-64, 1998.