How to Rescue Failing Software Projects: Practical Proven Methods That Work

IMG_1712 My book is finally available as an eBook, on Amazon Kindle and on Amazon. I wrote this book to share my experience in how to rescue failing software projects. When I was going through such a situation, I had no one to turn to. My hope is that the information in this book will be useful to those in similar situations. Although the information in the book pertains to software projects, I have come to realize that the techniques can be used in many other situations. I have personally used these techniques in business and technical projects.

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Friday, April 01, 2011

Reviews are critical in project management!

Core technical skills, software design, writing code are all considered important and critical activities of a project. The perceived "softer" activities such as regular project reviews are considered optional.

This situation is very common in projects. Software design and writing code produces visible results such as the software module or use case that can be viewed and tested. You can't see or view the result of project review. If project reviews are done correctly and properly, and the project progresses without major issues, no one will acknowledge or miss the importance of project reviews. The importance of project reviews are often overlooked.

In my experience, project reviews, if done correctly and properly, keeps the team focused, productive and more importantly, effective. In my opinion, it is a critical activity.

However, how many would agree to this? If the project is on track and progressing well, no one will acknowledge this point. If the project is failing, some may acknowledge this point, others will blame the software design, code quality, coding standards, scope creep. While there is some truth in this, project reviews help prevent major catastrophes and at least, identify and highlight such catastrophe may be on the horizon and the team needs to take corrective action.


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