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Issue No. 05 - September/October (2005 vol. 22)
ISSN: 0740-7459
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 <em>detailed plan-and-track</em> leadership style encouraged by conventional wisdom.
software project management, scope management, iterative development, software testing

W. Royce, "Successful Software Management Style: Steering and Balance," in IEEE Software, vol. 22, no. , pp. 40-47, 2005.
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