Project Management

Requirements-Driven Software Development Must Die

Posted in 2010s, Articles, Process, Project Management on July 25th, 2011 by Dan – Be the first to comment

Fred Beecher, Requirements-Driven Software Development Must Die, 2011

The process by which most enterprise software is developed is fatally flawed. There are flaws in any software development process, but in the past 13 years I’ve seen one approach produce more bad software and blow more budgets than any other: requirements-driven software development. Thankfully, I’ve also had the opportunity to see the success of an alternative type of process, a process in which user experience design drives what gets developed. This type of process helps teams deliver good software on time and within their budgets.

Requirements-driven software development fails mainly due to communication issues. Huge spreadsheets of detailed requirements, by themselves, are simply not an effective way to convey what an interactive system needs to do and how users need it to work. What does work, however, is validating those requirements with an interactive prototype.

Inside Steve’s Brain

Posted in 2000s, History, Inspirational, Non-Fiction Books, Process, Project Management on October 7th, 2010 by Dan – Be the first to comment

Leander Kahney, Inside Steve’s Brain (2008)

This book might be the most complete look at what a design managers, VPs of design, or creative directors should be doing to improve their products.

Performance by Design: The Role of Design in Software Product Development

Posted in 2000s, Articles, Process, Project Management on October 5th, 2010 by Dan – Be the first to comment

Bill Buxton, “Performance by Design: The Role of Design in Software Product Development” (pdf) (2003)

Strategies of Influence for Interaction Designers

Posted in 2000s, Articles, Process, Project Management on October 5th, 2010 by Dan – Be the first to comment

Scott Berkun, “Strategies of Influence for Interaction Designers” (2001)

Managing Complex Design Projects

Posted in 1990s, Articles, Process, Project Management on October 5th, 2010 by Dan – Be the first to comment

Hugh Dubberly, “Managing Complex Design Projects” (pdf) (1995)

Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning

Posted in 1970s, Project Management, Theory on October 2nd, 2010 by Dan – Be the first to comment

Horst Rittel and Melvin Webber, “Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning,” (pdf) (1973)

Introduces the concept of Wicked Problems.