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Evaluating risk management methods for software projects

In order to complete a software project on time, one should do risk management and take the right measures to mitigate all likely risks. Several attempts have been made to identify typical project risks and recommended measures. One of the latest attempts was made by ICTU and NEN, in the standard NPR 5326. Saskia Woortman…

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Software project management course 2019

Software Project Management is therefore an important management skill in many organisations. We teach the fundamentals in the course: “software project management” at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In this article we describe the full contents of this course.

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How to handle privacy issues in IT projects

New privacy laws have made it mandatory to consider any privacy issues in any IT project. In this blog posts we provide several examples of hidden privacy issues in software projects, and explain how a project manager can handle these issues.

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A checklist for improving IT project schedules

With ICT Institute we visit a dozen software teams every quarter, in order to review their work and help them improve their project plan. About half the teams work in an agile fashion, the other half are using traditional project management. Most teams, luckily, are functioning well and are delivering value. Many teams are however behind schedule. They have underestimated…

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Financial project analysis with NPV

Reducing a software project to a financial number like NPV and IRR might seem like a shallow way to look at a project, and thus not agile. It turns out however that such a financial analysis can be very helpful to find out what a project really is about. This year we added portfolio management…

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