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1.5 Summary

Software project management is perhaps the most important factor in the outcome of a project. Without proper project management, a project will almost certainly fail. Many organizations have evolved effective project management processes. This book describes these processes for one such organization, Infosys, which has been assessed at level 5 of the CMM and whose project managers have successfully executed hundreds of projects.

Here are the key takeaways from this chapter:

  • Processes for the various aspects of project management should not be looked at in isolation. In a balanced process, the practices integrate smoothly.

  • Processes of an organization should encapsulate its best practices so as to help new projects replicate past successes and avoid failures.

  • At the top level, the project management process consists of three phases: planning, execution, and closure.

  • For effective execution of projects, project managers should be supported through the help of an SEPG in executing processes; senior management monitoring and issue resolution; and good training.

  • Many key process areas at all maturity levels of the CMM for software focus directly on project management.

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