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Re: Project management

by arashi (Priest)
on Jul 13, 2001 at 19:56 UTC ( #96454=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Project management

Here's my idea of good project management:

Your initial steps should be spent with both project management and the end users of the program to determine what features and functionality the program should have. Be sure to get a complete description of everything required in the program, and make sure that all people involved (programmers, management, and end users) are on the same page.

Use modular programming, separating each function of your program into a self contained module, and bring each module to functionality in the program when it's completed. Continue talking with project management and the end users to make sure the project hasn't deviated from expectations.

When the program is finished, if you kept talking with project management and end users, your program should be exactly what was expected.

I've heard that some programmers don't like talking to, or can't relate well to end users. If that is the case, hire someone to be a mediator between the two groups (a geek/common translator if you will :)

I hope this helps you find your answers, I'd like to hear what the other Monks think about this, so I can improve upon my own ideas about project management.


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Re2: Project management
by pmas (Hermit) on Jul 16, 2001 at 20:03 UTC
by Ea (Chaplain) on Jul 16, 2001 at 18:28 UTC
    We did fairly well with the user-programmer interaction in the first go and it helped keep our feet on the ground. The best thing to have is a Kendal. (she's our best secretary. good with computers, but boldly interacts with them in her own way) It took her 2 minutes to identify my biggest oversight in the scanning routine as she laid a book on the keyboard to make some room to scan. :0

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