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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.

Sieuwert van Otterloo

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…

Sieuwert van Otterloo

Four methods for software effort estimation

Understanding the size and effort of a software project early on is a difficult problem. Several different methods exist, but no method is perfect. In this article we present an overview of the four methods most mentioned in literature: 1) expert opinion-based, 2) top-down estimation, 3) bottom-up estimation and 4) estimation using a parametric or algorithmic model.

Joost Schalken-Pinkster

Getting non-functional requirements right

Getting non-functional requirements right early on is an important success factor for successful projects. This is why, in the course on software project management, one of the practical assignments focused exactly on this topic. In this article we summarize the most important steps: discovering requirements, making them precise and making them flexible .

Joost Schalken-Pinkster

Why having a vision is key in software project management

From March to May 2016, we are teaching the course Software Project Management at the Free University of Amsterdam. In eight weeks, students learn the fundamentals of project management and are creating their own project plan for a software project of their choice. In the course we devote the first week on the project vision….

Sieuwert van Otterloo