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Project risk management fundamentals

In this final chapter in our series on software project management, we have some advice on risk management. As a project manager of an IT project, you can avoid many risks by careful planning and good communication. 

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The best books and articles on software project management

We have listed all resources we recommend to people that want to learn software project management. We included both introductions and more advanced research. The list was created as part of our course in software project management at the VU University in Amsterdam.

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‘There are no IT projects’ – managing organisational change in IT projects

Many IT projects are not completed on time, on budget or fail to deliver much value to the end users. This is especially true for large IT projects, such as IT projects executed by national governments. One root cause of these problems is lack of management of the organisational non-IT aspects in these projects. We explain…

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Tips and tricks for creating a software project schedule

Every project plan should contain an overall project schedule. Stakeholders want to know when results are delivered, and people involved want to know when their activities are planned. There are some standard techniques for creating schedules. In this article we give practical advice for making a workable plan for any software project.

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Software project effort estimation – the agile way

Estimating the effort needed to complete a certain software project is incredibly difficult. At the same time it is important to have some indication of development effort in order to estimate cost and decide whether to do the project. We shared four estimation methods with our students in our software project management course, and have…

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