Accession Number : ADA479817


Title :   A Novel Project Management Theory and Its Applicability


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Erguner, Abdulkerim


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a479817.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 113


Abstract : Software Project Management is an emerging discipline. The software project manager's job comprises every aspect of the project from starting the project to closing out. Practitioners of the discipline use several project management tools in managing diverse aspects of their projects. However, there is no existing management theory that combines different aspects of a software project and results in a complete picture. This study discusses a management theory and modeling language that combine several management aspects of software projects into concrete models to aid the software project manager. The mathematical relations and graphical models derived from the theory consist of entire entities and activities of a project as determined by the project team, and they depict any kind of relationship between the entities and activities, including stakeholders. The theory provides a mathematical model for software projects and the modeling language provides graphical models of software projects representing the mathematical model. This study tests the applicability of the theory and the modeling language in two case studies. The results indicate that the theory and modeling language are applicable to real world projects, and that they show promise as valuable software project management tools.


Descriptors :   *MATHEMATICAL MODELS , *SOFTWARE ENGINEERING , *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL , *THEORY , *PROJECT MANAGEMENT , *SOFTWARE TOOLS , *SIMULATION LANGUAGES , TEAMS(PERSONNEL) , THESES , LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT , OBJECT ORIENTED PROGRAMMING , COSTS , CASE STUDIES , SCHEDULING , COMPUTER GRAPHICS , TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT , DIAGRAMS


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Computer Programming and Software


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE