How to Write Software Project Plans

How to Write Software Project Plans

Plain English guide based on IEEE Std 1058

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Author: David Tuffley
Length: 19 page(s)
Written: Apr 2011
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Category: Computer & IT » Projekt Management  |  Work: Guidebook
Keywords: software development project, software project plan, software quality management, project management,

Practical guide for software development project managers and staff

I N T R O D U C T I O N

How to Write Software Project Plans is a plain-english, simplified version of IEEE 1058 - Standard for Software Project Management Plans.

The project plan documents the planning work necessary to conduct, track and report on the progress of a project. It contains a full description of how the work will be performed.

The benefit of using this how to guide is the consistency of presentation, enabling management to assess the plans, for their merits or limitations, more readily. In particular this how to guide specifies the format and content for a project plan by defining the minimal set of elements that shall appear in all project plans (additional sections may be ap-pended as required).

The project plan includes the:

scope and objectives of the project
deliverables the project will produce
process which shall be employed to produce those deliverables
time frame and milestones for the production of the deliverables
organisation and staffing which will be established
responsibilities of those involved
work steps to be undertaken
budget


S C O P E

How to Write Software Project Plans applies to the medium to large scale software development projects.

O B J E C T I V E S

How to Write Software Project Plans allows the project manager to:

consider all relevant aspects of the project, ensuring they will be considered during the project planning stage
produce project plans with consistent content and format
clarify the objectives, deliverables and manner of execution of the project

Contribution to IS Quality. The literature of software quality widely recognises that up to 70% of IT development projects fail (in terms of either not being completed, or completed but not used by the client due to it unsuitability). One of the major contributing factors to this alarming situation is that the project was not planned comprehensively enough.

While it is not possible to foresee every misfortunes that might possibly befall a project, there are nonetheless a well-defined set of actions and attributes which if employed in the planning stage can result in all foreseeable matters being addressed. This how to guide is an easy to use checklist, as defined by IEEE 1058, and template to achieve this end. It embodies the principle of failing to plan is planning to fail..

In the same way as a systematic and comprehensive Statement of User Requirements can capture a more complete set of requirements, a project plan as provided by this how to guide allows the project manager to make sure he/she has considered all relevant matters in the planning stage, allowing them to avoid, as far as possible, unpleasant surprizes later.


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Dr. David Tuffley is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethics and SocioTechnical Studies at Griffith University’s School of ICT. A regular contributor to mainstream media on the social impact of technology, David is a recognized expert in his field. Before academia David worked as an IT Consultant in Australia and the United Kingdom, a role he continues to perform when not educating the next generation of IT professionals. David is an engaging science communicator of many years experience, David was a guest panelist in the 2017 World Science Festival and a wide variety of high profile public events.

David's academic background includes fields as diverse as Psychology, Anthropology, Classical Rhetoric and English literature at the University of Queensland. David is an engaging professional speaker and forum moderator of many years experience.

David's formal qualifications include a PhD (Software Engineering), Master of Philosophy (Information Systems), Grad Cert in Higher Education (all from Griffith University), Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology, English Literature, Anthropology (University of Queensland)

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