Object-Oriented Project Management with UML

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Almost all software projects are risky. The goal of every project manager is to somehow deal with the cost and schedule uncertainty while meeting your customer's needs. In Object-Oriented Project Management with UML, Murray Cantor describes an elegant, UML-based approach to managing object-oriented projects guaranteed to deliver high-quality software on time and within budget.

Drawing on his experience managing major software projects at IBM and TASC, Cantor supplies you with:
* Proven ways to reap the benefits of using UML tools to tame most project demons and deliver optimal OO systems
* Tips on integrating object-based techniques with traditional methods for project planning, risk management, scheduling, time-phased budgeting, and more
* Expert advice on how to handle all the important "people" issues that crop up during a development project
* Real-life war stories that let you see firsthand what worked and what didn't on several major development projects
* A full-length project example that walks you through every phase of a project told in terms of problems and solutions

Visit the companion Web site at www.wiley.com/compbooks/cantor to find:
* Sample project schedules, budgets, database templates for managing use cases, and a work-breakdown structure
* A spreadsheet workbook for managing incremental development
* A development tracking diagram

Prior to joining TASC, Dr. Cantor was a development manager at IBM, where he oversaw the development of high-end graphics and multimedia systems.

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Filled with real-world advice for managing software projects, Murray Cantor's Object-Oriented Project Management with UML shows you how to tackle any project using UML and the latest thinking on project management. There's little doubt that this even-handed, commonsensical guide can benefit anyone who manages or designs object-oriented software for a living.

The best thing about this book has to be its honest, real-world mix of software engineering theory and real-world practice for managing object-oriented software development. The author refuses to be doctrinaire and continually offers valuable nuggets of practical advice. Regarding the pitfalls of one software development process, he writes, "I am sure someone has succeeded, but I have never seen it done." Later, he advises managers to "never show panic."

The book doesn't skimp on specifics with a sample case study on a jet fighter trainer simulation system that has a budget of over $22 million. The book also provides real numbers for project estimation, bug tracking, and resource allocation. You'll even find numbers for measuring productivity, including KLOCs. Numerous sample documents (including sample meeting agendas) round out the tour here. The book offers plenty of good advice for working with upper management, customers, and development teams throughout the software development process.

While there's certainly no substitute for actual project management experience, Object-Oriented Project Management with UML may be the next best thing. The author's tour of how to manage object-oriented software development offers dozens of savvy tips and a very thorough guide to using some of the best available techniques for software management. This book is perfect for practically minded IS managers or project leaders who want to see how their software development process can be improved using UML with rigorous management techniques. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered: object-oriented project management overview; obstacles; UML basics; use cases; class diagrams; lifecycle models: waterfall, spiral, RAD; time box model and controlled iteration; Software Development Plans (SDPs); budgeting; project estimation; management tips for inception, elaboration, construction, and transition phases; software metrics: KLOCs and COCOMO; measuring productivity; and sample meeting agendas.

From the Publisher:

As object-oriented development becomes more mainstream, applying project management techniques to object-oriented software development has become important to project managers, software developers, and engineers. There are now full-day tutorials offered at major object conferences such as OOPSLA, and at companies such as IBM and Lockheed Martin. Cantor, who teaches a training course on the subject, offers a complete, step-by-step guide through every phase of object-oriented project management.

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