Software Project Manager Boot Camp

Bob WebberConstrux Senior Fellow

This seminar will help you make the transition to solid software project leadership, including how to play a valuable role in Agile projects. This course will teach you the concepts and techniques necessary to manage software projects successfully.

5 Hours of Content
12 Lectures
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  • Course Overview

    Leading any project can be a challenge. Leading a software project can be even more challenging if you’re new to software project management or new to software. The transition to Agile frameworks has also created confusion and inconsistency in the project manager role. This seminar will help you make the transition to solid software project leadership, including how to play a valuable role in Agile projects. Software Project Management Boot Camp teaches you the concepts and techniques necessary to manage software projects successfully. This seminar closely follows the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PM-BOK) and shows how to apply these best practices on software projects. This software project management training involves extensive hands-on practice with real-world case studies. 3-day seminar

    Who Should Attend

    This software project management seminar will be useful to anyone who is asked to lead a software project. Whether you are currently a project manager and want an overview of key software project management practices, or whether you are soon to become a project manager (some shops call them “leads”), this seminar will be of great benefit. It is particularly applicable to those who have general project management experience but who have not managed a software project previously.

  • Course Details

    Introduction

    • Defining software project success
    • Understanding the challenges on a software project
    • Typical software project outcomes
    • The software project management path to success

    Basic Software Project Management Survival Concepts

    • Understanding labor rate, burn rate, capital vs. expense
    • Taking advantage of the upstream/downstream effect
    • Recognizing the intellectual phases of a software project
    • Fundamentals of software project estimation

    Project Initiation

    • Chartering the project
    • Assessing risks to software project success
    • Recognizing software project assets

    Project Close Out

    • Typical close out tasks
    • Using a project retrospective to learn from the experience

    Software Project Planning

    • Using a software project plan template
    • Developing work breakdown structures (WBS)
    • Simplifying the WBS with a project matrix
    • Building the WBS dictionary
    • Choosing a project organization
    • Choosing a software project lifecycle
    • Planning Agile projects
    • Typical software project effort allocations
    • Creating an activity network (PERT chart)
    • Finding the critical path
    • Developing a realistic project schedule
    • Scheduling to fixed end dates
    • Addressing uncertainty using rolling wave planning
    • Tuning the plan to the specifics of your project

    Execution, Checking and Correcting: Succeeding in Stages

    • Controlling change
    • Tracking and reporting of Agile projects
    • Using earned value to objectively track software project status
    • Conducting effective status meetings
    • Creating useful project status reports
    • Refining the project plan based on actual progress
    • Capturing valuable project history in a project log
    • Sanity checking the project using planning checkpoint reviews


  • Bob Webber

    Construx Senior Fellow

    Bob Webber is a Senior Fellow at Construx with over 30 years of software experience delivering innovative products in telecommunications, entertainment and life sciences.  Bob’s roles have ranged from software developer to executive R&D positions at GTE and AT&T, followed by engineering and product management leadership at three successful start-up companies.  As CEO, Bob led TranSenda International to successful acquisition by BioClinica (BIOC), where he became Vice-President of Product Management.  His industry experience also includes four years on Steve McConnell’s Executive Committee for Software Engineering.

    Bob has an Electrical Engineering degree (honors) from the University of British Columbia.  He holds five patents, and received an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Technical Achievement Award in 1999.   He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

 

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