Software project management is perhaps the most important factor in the outcome of a project. Without proper project management, a project will almost certainly fail. Many organizations have evolved effective project management processes. This book describes these processes for one such organization, Infosys, which has been assessed at level 5 of the CMM and whose project managers have successfully executed hundreds of projects.
Here are the key takeaways from this chapter:
Processes for the various aspects of project management should not be looked at in isolation. In a balanced process, the practices integrate smoothly.
Processes of an organization should encapsulate its best practices so as to help new projects replicate past successes and avoid failures.
At the top level, the project management process consists of three phases: planning, execution, and closure.
For effective execution of projects, project managers should be supported through the help of an SEPG in executing processes; senior management monitoring and issue resolution; and good training.
Many key process areas at all maturity levels of the CMM for software focus directly on project management.