Ian Ricketts on Managing Software Projects

Selected quotes from
Ian W. Ricketts.
Managing Your Software Projects: A Student's Guide.
Springer-Verlag, 1998.


The Three Functions of Management

Management, at its simplest, consists of a continuous cycle of three activities: Planning, Execution, and Monitoring. Planning [...] is deciding what you will do and how long you will spend doing it. Execution is implementing the plan. Monitoring involves checking the execution to ensure that everything goes as planned and when deviations are detected then revising the plan so that the overall objectives are still met.