Smart questions
Smart answers
Smart people
INTELLIGENT WORK FORUMS
FOR COMPUTER PROFESSIONALS

Member Login




Remember Me
Forgot Password?
Join Us!

Come Join Us!

Are you a
Computer / IT professional?
Join Tek-Tips now!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!

Join Tek-Tips
*Tek-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Donate Today!

Do you enjoy these
technical forums?
Donate Today! Click Here

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.
Jobs from Indeed

Link To This Forum!

Partner Button
Add Stickiness To Your Site By Linking To This Professionally Managed Technical Forum.
Just copy and paste the
code below into your site.

RBSTR (Programmer) (OP)
28 Mar 08 6:23
Hi

I manage a team of 4 software developers.

Typically our projects are small plug-ins for business software we sell and take no longer than 3-4 days to deliver.

Occasionally we have larger projects that are developed over 2  months or so. Typically the end project is used by no more than 20 end users across one or 2 sites.

I have mixed successes in costing, planning and managing such projects

Can anyone recommend good books on best methods for costing, planning and managing such software projects.

Thanks
xwb (Programmer)
2 Apr 08 0:29
Try a search on Agile Project Management.
Glenn9999 (Programmer)
2 Apr 08 1:07
You have to differentiate whether you are getting sales pitches rather than how-tos - I noticed many sales pitch books on Agile Project Management practices and very few on how to do it when I looked at the topic in Google...

Anyhow, one would be hard pressed to do better than the
Project Management Institute's Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge which covers basically everything you could ever want to know or need to know about Project Management as of the date of publication.  I give the amazon link, but you might look at PMI's website to see if they have published anything newer than 2004.

As for some lighter and/or more focused reading, there are a whole bookshelf of books that people will suggest.  The thumbnail sketch of the topic that I have experience with is Software Project Survival Guide.  

Much depends on the specific topic at hand - if you're looking at program coding and management best practices, every programmer (not just managers) would do much worse than to find a copy of Code Complete.  I found it very valuable to formalize some things I figured out via trial and error in practice, as well as clarify a few things.

Again much of the suggestion would depend on what you are looking to do exactly.
chiph (Programmer)
18 Apr 08 21:30
A good book I've read which may be applicable is Whil Hentzen's "The Software Developer's Guide"

http://www.amazon.com/Software-Developers-Guide-Whil-Hentzen/dp/193091900X

Chip H.
 

____________________________________________________________________
If you want to get the best response to a question, please read FAQ222-2244: How to get the best answers first

MasterRacker (MIS)
21 Apr 08 9:18
Steve McConnell, the author of Code Complete, also runs a software project management company.  On their website, they have a set of document templates that can lead you right through the project: http://www.construx.com/Page.aspx?hid=509

_____
Jeff
It's never too early to begin preparing for International Talk Like a Pirate Day
"The software I buy sucks,  The software I write sucks.  It's time to give up and have a beer..." - Me

matrixindicator (IS/IT--Management)
15 May 08 5:15
I should recommand (I did not consult other books).

HEAD FIRST Software Development (its almost about planning, test driven developemt, ...).

HEAD FIRST PMP (I have the book but didn't read it already). This goes further then Software Development, I think its about risk management, budget ...)

http://www.headfirstlabs.com or Oreilly or Amazon.
LNBruno (Programmer)
15 May 08 10:22
You could check out this forum as well:

http://www.tek-tips.com/threadminder.cfm?pid=731

< M!ke >
Where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?

Craig0201 (TechnicalUser)
22 May 08 3:27
I'll put in my twopenneth.....

My organisation is the owner of PRINCE2 and I know a few of the original developers.  They would say that PRINCE2 is not a bureaucratic exercise but a best practice exercise that can be scaled according to your needs.

I've yet to see much in any other methodology that is not somewhere in PRINCE2.  The skill with it is in using it appropriately.

C

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Tek-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Tek-Tips and talk with other members!

Close Box

Join Tek-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical computer professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Tek-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close