Accession Number : ADA133404

Title :   Perspectives on Oversight Management of Software Development Projects.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Ware,Willis H ; Patrick,Robert L

PDF Url : ADA133404

Report Date : Jul 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : This report examines the problems of oversight management of large, important software development projects, i.e., management at levels above that of direct project execution. Senior managers must recognize events in the evolution of the project that might provide high leverage for maximizing the return on their invested time (in knowledge, status, or outcome projections), and that provide insight into project status and clues about possible problems. The note attempts to identify the unique needs of oversight managers, to indicate how they have been met in industrial environments, to enumerate what working supervisors and project managers must do differently if they are involved with large projects requiring oversight management, and to list what must be done (generally) to build software tools that supply information for oversight management as a by-product of the development process. While the discussion is based on industrial experience, it is also relevant to Air Force oversight management and review.

Descriptors :   *Management planning and control, *Computer programs, *Data management, *Systems management, *Planning programming budgeting, *Air Force research, Management, Air Force planning, Systems analysis, Computer programming, Computer architecture, User needs, Human factors engineering, Logistics management, Supervisors, Information transfer, Decision making, Methodology, Reports, Case studies, History

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Hardware
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE