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Project Management for Software Development

Course Details

Name Project Management for Software Development
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£1846.00 +vat
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Course ID:
448204

Overview

Effectively manage your software development project management efforts by selecting the correct development life cycle, creating realistic plans, and managing a team through each project phase. In this training course, you use a realistic case study to develop ideas, practise key concepts, conduct a kick-off meeting, define successful software projects, analyse projects from a team perspective, and make estimations.

Learning Objectives

You Will Learn How To

  • Deliver successful software projects that support your organisation's strategic goals
  • Adjust your management style to reflect the chosen software development life cycle (SDLC)
  • Construct a work breakdown structure that addresses real-world management challenges
  • Create a network diagram showing task dependencies

Course Content

Course Outline

Conducting a Project Kick-Off Meeting

The business reasons for the project

  • Where the project fits in the business
  • How this fit influences your chances of success

The project customers

  • Identifying stakeholders and their needs
  • Developing strategies to manage involvement

The project objectives

  • What success looks like
  • Making the team's success visible
  • Managing the project to build customer confidence

Balancing Development Needs with Organisational Expectations

Selecting software development life cycle models

  • Comparing SDLC models
  • How to identify the right model
  • Analysing strengths and weaknesses of Traditional vs. Iterative vs. Agile (e.g., XP, Scrum)

Designing a road map for your project

  • Mapping your PM process to your project's SDLC
  • Optimising time, cost, function and quality

Translating Stakeholder Needs into Actions

Structuring content for your software project plan

  • Providing initial top-down estimates
  • Identifying tasks and phases using a WBS
  • Calculating realistic bottom-up estimates
  • Sequencing tasks into a network diagram
  • Constructing Gantt charts to assess resource needs

Getting the right resources

  • Identifying resource needs using your plan
  • Delegating work effectively

Reality check for your project plan

  • Testing the plan before you begin
  • Assessing the project using risk management
  • Involving the team in planning
  • Building confidence for your plan
  • Selling the plan to relevant stakeholders

Running the Project: Day-to-Day Decisions for Success

Focusing on the project management process

  • Putting theory into practice
  • Early warning signs
  • Building team commitment
  • Day-to-day tracking and management
  • Measuring progress with milestones
  • Defect detection and prevention

Characterising the software development process

  • Analysing how the SDLC drives deliverables
  • Pressures to expect at each stage
  • The major stages and how they relate
  • Determining the working practices in traditional, iterative and Agile developments that offer the greatest impact

Building successful teams

  • Getting technical teams to work collaboratively
  • Engaging the team in the planning process
  • Empowering team members
  • Managing the stages of team development appropriately

Driving the Implementation: Recognising and Overcoming Challenges

Tracking and control

  • Measuring software progress
  • Linking progress to success

Implementing change control

  • Principles of change control
  • The value of configuration management

Controlling risk

  • Analysing project risk
  • Changing the risk profile
  • Planning for contingency

Closing the Project: Learning from Experience

  • Sharpening your project management skills
  • Influencing the continuous improvement process of your organisation

Virtual

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Online AnyWare™ immerses you in a dynamic online training environment where you access and participate in an actual classroom. You interact with both your instructor and your peers—just as if you were together with them in the classroom—as you master the essential knowledge and skills in today's most important IT and management topics.

With AnyWare Online Training, you can...

  • Access your course from any Internet-accessible location
  • Gain scheduling flexibility—choosing from a wide selection of course dates
  • Immerse yourself in an actual classroom experience
  • Benefit from AnyWare's unique real-time interactivity
  • Achieve the same results that you expect from an instructor-led classroom course

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the technological requirements for participating in a live, online course delivered via Online AnyWare?

To participate fully in a virtual AnyWare course, you will need the following:

  • An audio-enabled computer
  • A minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768
  • An Intel Pentium® 4 computer, or equivalent, with a 2.5 GHz or faster processor; or an Intel Mac
  • A minimum of 1 GB of RAM
  • A reliable high-speed Internet connection, either via cable modem, DSL or corporate LAN (a wired Internet connection is strongly recommended)
  • Internet Explorer 7 or higher; or Mozilla Firefox 2 or higher
  • Support for Java and ActiveX within your browser with the latest version of Java installed
  • Adobe Flash version 8 or higher
  • Access to www.logmein.com
  • Ability to install the LogMeIn ActiveX control, which may require local administrative privileges
  • Learning Tree AnyWare will support a dual-monitor setup, which allows concurrent access to the classroom and the computer used for the hands-on exercises. This setup may enhance your training experience; however, it is not a requirement for full participation in any of our courses.

Do I need to install any special software?

None! All you need is a high-speed, flash-enabled Internet browser—Internet Explorer 7 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 2 or higher, or Safari.

Can I participate in a course via Online AnyWare using any type of operating system?

You can participate in a class on a PC or Mac. However, the hands-on exercise material in Course 2320 and Course 984 is not compatible with the Mac operating system at this time. Please contact our AnyWare support team if you are planning to participate in either of these courses using a Mac operating system.

Do I need my own microphone, earphones and/or headset?

Prior to the course, we will provide a microphone-enabled headset for you to use during the course. The headset is yours to keep after the course.

Is the virtual classroom experience really the same quality when it's delivered over the Internet?

Absolutely! Online AnyWare is designed to provide you with the same experience you would receive in the classroom. You connect to an actual classroom where you participate online in live, instructor-led training that is facilitated either at one of our Education Centres or on site at a client's location. As an online participant, you engage with the instructor and interact with your classmates just as if you were in the actual classroom. And you perform all of the same hands-on exercises, so the knowledge you learn and the skills you gain are no different than if you were taking the course as an in-class participant.

Why is Online AnyWare so much more effective than off-the-shelf, self-paced e-learning programmes?

The most important benefit of live, instructor-led training is the ability to interact with your instructor and fellow classmates. It is through such interaction that real learning takes place. Courses taken via AnyWare offer the same benefits. In fact, over half the time spent in courses is dedicated to interactive activities—where real learning happens! You'll have your specific questions answered on the spot, receive immediate clarification of anything that is confusing, perform hands-on exercises by remotely accessing an in-class PC, and share your experiences in real time with your fellow classmates. Most importantly, you'll receive expert advice on how best to apply what you learn to your own projects.

How is the classroom experience actually delivered?

Adobe Connect is the foundation technology for our AnyWare training delivery solution used to deliver our IT and management courses. You'll acquire new skills in a safe environment—your computer's files and applications are never engaged, so there is no risk of damage. A hard copy of the course materials and a microphone-enabled headset will be shipped to you prior to the course.

Using your Internet browser, you remotely access a dedicated in-class PC so that you can participate in hands-on exercises and develop new skills just as if you were in the actual classroom where your instructor is coaching in real time.

How do I connect to the classroom?

One week prior to the class start date, you will receive a "Getting Ready" e-mail with a URL and your login credentials. We'll ask you to complete a three-step validation process prior to the class start date to test your system, two-way audio connection, and Internet connection to the classroom and to your dedicated, in-class PC on which you'll be performing your hands-on exercises.

A few days before your class starts, you'll also receive a call from one of our customer service representatives who will answer any questions you may have. When it's time for the course to begin, just log in—from anywhere—and join your classmates, live in the classroom. During your course, our AnyWare support technicians are available to assist you as needed. It's that easy!

What are the course hours?

Start and end times vary for each individual course. Please confirm the start and end times during registration, as your course may be delivered from a different time zone than your own. On the first day of class, plan to log in to your classroom 30 minutes prior to the start of the class.

This course is approved by PMI® for 23 professional development units (PDUs).

  Technical : 18 PDUs
  Leadership : 2 PDUs
  Business & Strategic : 3 PDUs

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