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Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, November 2006; Volume 19, Issue 11 : Management Basics: Management Basics

By Johnstun, Kase

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Title: Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, November 2006; Volume 19, Issue 11 : Management Basics: Management Basics  
Author: Johnstun, Kase
Volume: Volume 19, Issue 11
Language: English
Subject: Government, Technology, Software Development
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), CrossTalk Journal Collection
Historic
Publication Date:
2006
Publisher: Usaf Software Technology Support Center

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Mcmahon, Esther Derby, Ross Seider, Michael F. Siok, Clinton J. Whittaker, Dr. Jeff Tian, David Lechner, Walt Lipke, Kym Henderson, Dr. Robert B. K. Dewar, Paul E. Mcmaho, P. E. (2006). Crosstalk : The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, November 2006; Volume 19, Issue 11 : Management Basics. Retrieved from http://www.worldpubliclibrary.org/


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Description: This article helps readers understand the similarities and differences of traditional and agile project management approaches while introducing factors to consider when contemplating implementation of Agile into project life cycles; in this article the author describes five pragmatic practices that will help managers focus on the right work and create an environment for success; this article describes Phase Containment Effectiveness as a project measurement technique that provides timely and accurate predictions of a project’s current state and future risks, and shows how it was successfully implemented at one Motorola business unit; the authors examine the benefits of establishing a target software reliability objective during software development and working toward providing assurance that the software is achieving an acceptable operational performance mark; this article analyzes the economics of cyclic replacement or recapitalization of software, explaining some of the historic issues and costs of software maintenance, and provides analysis on how much software modernization occurs while still maintaining old code; this article defines why Earned Schedule is considered a breakthrough technique to derive key schedule information from Earned Value Management; a software product is rarely a static artifact resulting from a onetime effort; it needs to evolve. The development team might be distributed geographically, requiring careful coordination. A software producer must have well-defined processes for dealing with these issues, to ensure that its products successfully meet users’ needs. This article is a case study of how one software producer, AdaCore, handles this challenge, but the processes are not company specific and can be adopted by any organization. By way of background, AdaCore is an international company that produces and supports a family of Ada language tools comprising compilers, debuggers, integrated development environments, supplemental tools and packages, and other components. With two releases of each product annually on more than a dozen platforms, the company requires clearly defined procedures for change tracking, configuration management and quality assurance. In many ways, AdaCore faces the same issues as other growing software organizations. This article shows how these are addressed through a combination of automated tools and human management; this article utilizes real project scenarios to demonstrate a set of techniques that support common patterns employed by many effective technical managers across a range of organizations. Planning, status, metrics, and communication with task performers and senior management are addressed. If you are in a growing organization that is striving to institutionalize its processes, this article will provide you with a wealth of insights and practical techniques that could help you become more effective in your job.

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Summary: CrossTalk, The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, is an approved U.S. Department of Defense journal. CrossTalk's mission is to encourage the engineering development of software in order to improve the reliability, sustainability, and responsiveness of our warfighting capability and to inform and educate readers on up-to-date policy decisions and new software engineering technologies.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: Management Basics: Are Management Basics Affected When Using Agile Methods?; by Paul E. McMahon. This article helps readers understand the similarities and differences of traditional and agile project management approaches while introducing factors to consider when contemplating implementation of Agile into project life cycles -- Becoming a Great Manager: Five Pragmatic Practices; by Esther Derby. In this article the author describes five pragmatic practices that will help managers focus on the right work and create an environment for success -- Implementing Phase Containment Effectiveness Metrics at Motorola; by Ross Seider. This article describes Phase Containment Effectiveness as a project measurement technique that provides timely and accurate predictions of a project’s current state and future risks, and shows how it was successfully implemented at one Motorola business unit -- Exposing Software Field Failures; by Michael F. Siok, Clinton J. Whittaker, and Dr. Jeff Tian. The authors examine the benefits of establishing a target software reliability objective during software development and working toward providing assurance that the software is achieving an acceptable operational performance mark -- Software Engineering Technology: Software Recapitalization Economics; by David Lechner. This article analyzes the economics of cyclic replacement or recapitalization of software, explaining some of the historic issues and costs of software maintenance, and provides analysis on how much software modernization occurs while still maintaining old code -- Earned Schedule: An Emerging Enhancement to Earned Value Management; by Walt Lipke and Kym Henderson. This article defines why Earned Schedule is considered a breakthrough technique to derive key schedule information from Earned Value Management -- Online Only Feature: Integrated Quality Assurance for Evolutionary, Multi-Platform Software Development; by Dr. Robert B.K. Dewar. A software product is rarely a static artifact resulting from a onetime effort; it needs to evolve. The development team might be distributed geographically, requiring careful coordination. A software producer must have well-defined processes for dealing with these issues, to ensure that its products successfully meet users’ needs. This article is a case study of how one software producer, AdaCore, handles this challenge, but the processes are not company specific and can be adopted by any organization. By way of background, AdaCore is an international company that produces and supports a family of Ada language tools comprising compilers, debuggers, integrated development environments, supplemental tools and packages, and other components. With two releases of each product annually on more than a dozen platforms, the company requires clearly defined procedures for change tracking, configuration management and quality assurance. In many ways, AdaCore faces the same issues as other growing software organizations. This article shows how these are addressed through a combination of automated tools and human management -- Uncommon Techniques for Growing Effective Technical Managers; by Paul E. McMahon. This article utilizes real project scenarios to demonstrate a set of techniques that support common patterns employed by many effective technical managers across a range of organizations. Planning, status, metrics, and communication with task performers and senior management are addressed. If you are in a growing organization that is striving to institutionalize its processes, this article will provide you with a wealth of insights and practical techniques that could help you become more effective in your job.

 

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