Software Development: A Project Manager’s perspective

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Software refers to the programs and operational information used by a computer. Software development is the group of technological activities that aids in creation, design, release, and support for the software. 

How is software development a project?

Software development is usually a timed process and goes through the following phases:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring, and
  • Closing

In the typical waterfall method, each phase follows the next to reach the end product. Recently, the project cycle has become Agile. For one thing, in an Agile approach, we repeat some phases, quickly. We might also perform a step only once throughout the project. Therefore, when managing software development, it is very important to understand the scope of the project and product. 

Now, let us look at each phase, and what goes on in them:


During initiation, it is crucial to get the stakeholders to understand what the user requires because they define and approve the end product. This gives accurate and high-quality software. The project charter talks about business needs and benefits. It also provides the project objectives and goals. 


In the planning stage, I:

  • Examine the user requirement (Say, type of software needed)
  • Understand the skill set needed ( For example – coding)
  • Get the resources ( Labor)

At this point, I make the decision to either develop in-house or employ a software development services company. If the team is from my own company, I coordinate the time and resource schedules with the other managers. If we decide to outsource, I come up with a list of source selection rules. This includes cost, experience, services, and time. 


As the developers start working on the project, what I take care of, is developing and managing the in-house or vendor teams. We pick the best language to build the software and I ensure that the codes are perfect solutions to the user needs. 


After the software is received in the previous step, it is not yet ready for client usage. Customer feedbacks are continuously implemented while the testing team checks the product that has been built. Product and quality management are important in the monitoring phase. If the project is outsourced, then the vendor performs the quality tests. Ultimately, I receive the software from the project teams. Keep in mind that feedback is always helpful.


Now, I have the complete software in my hand. The product has been tested and meets all the quality metrics. The next step is deployment. First, we check the client's tech facility. Then, we release the software in a test situation. This identifies bugs so that the system doesn’t crash after migration. Finally, after it runs well in a trial, the client accepts it. At the same time, we also create support documents for the product. Ultimately, we transfer all the information over to the client.

In summary, a Project Manager ensures that a project:

 – Runs smoothly and timely, and

–  Delivers accurate high-quality results.

They also follow best practices, and standards. As a result, an organization's projects are in line with its business and revenue targets.  

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