Software Engineering Management

In software engineering, management activities occur at three levels: organizational and infrastructure management, project management, and measurement program planning and control. This section describes the areas of project management, including initiation and scope definition, project planning, project enactment, review and evaluation, and engineering measurement. These subjects are often regarded as being separate, and indeed they do possess many unique aspects, their close relationship has led to their combined treatment in software engineering as effective management requires a combination of both numbers and experience.

Topics for software engineering management

As the Software Engineering Management is viewed here as an organizational process which incorporates the notion of process and project management, we have created a breakdown that is both topic-based and life cycle-based. However, the primary basis for the top-level breakdown is the process of managing a software engineering project. There are six major subareas:

  • Initiation and scope definition, which deals with the decision to initiate a software engineering project
  • Software project planning, which addresses the activities undertaken to prepare for successful software engineering from a management perspective
  • Software project enactment, which deals with generally accepted software engineering management activities that occur during software engineering
  • Review and evaluation, which deal with assurance that the software is satisfactory
  • Closure, which addresses the post-completion activities of a software engineering project
  • Software engineering measurement, which deals with the effective development and implementation of measurement programs in software engineering organizations (IEEE12207.0-96)