Measuring progress in software development

Scheduling and gauging project progress in the field of software development is notoriously difficult. This article describes a method of accurately measuring project progress and addressing schedule problems early in the development cycle. The lowest level of each element in the work breakdown structure (WBS) is a 'work package' which provides detailed task and resource information, milestones, and reporting methods. Weekly updates to the WBS were used to generate status reports comparing project completion projections to baselines, historical summaries (project overview), and individual work package summaries. These three reports enabled a close monitoring of the software development process and effective reporting to software developers and executive management.
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