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CS605 - Software Engineering II - Lecture Handout 21

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Software Project Scheduling and Monitoring

Software project scheduling is the next task to be performed by the PM. It is important to note once again that in the reasons for project failure, unrealistic deadline and underestimate of effort involved in the project are two of the most important reasons for project failure. Therefore, a good schedule estimate would increase the chances of the success of the project.

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CS605 - Software Engineering II - Lecture Handout 18

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Risk analysis and management

Analysis and management of project risks is also a very important activity that a project manager must perform in order to improve the chances for the project. Robert Charette defines risk as follows:

Risk concerns future happenings. Today and yesterday are beyond active concern. The question is, can we, therefore, by changing our action today create and opportunity for a different and hopefully better situation for ourselves tomorrow. This means, second, that risk involves change, such as changes in mind, opinion, action, or places. … [Third,] risks involve choice, and the uncertainty that choice itself entails.

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