Successful Management of Software Projects
Article from German
Informatik-Spektrum, October 2004
Karl-Rudolf Moll, Manfred Broy,
Markus Pizka, Tilman Seifert
Technische Universität München
Institut für Informatik
Klaus Bergner, Andreas Rausch
For enterprises of all industrial sectors, high productivity and quality in the development of
business information systems are of strategical relevance.
Custom application development is expensive and time-consuming, but at the same time crucial for
the competitiveness of companies, especially in the long term. Nevertheless, in practice many large
software projects have less than satisfactory results due to a culpable negligence of critical
non-technical success factors.
This article wants to recall these factors, showing their relevance for real projects. From
these factors, a set of guidelines for the management of software projects is derived. Although
none of them is really new, they are often violated - in practice as well as in current process
models. Together, they yield a pragmatic, best-practice methodology which is based on extensive
experience as well as on scientific systematics, incorporating the identified success factors for
development and management.
Additional information (in German) can be found at the 4Soft website.