What IT Project Managers Need To Know about the Software Development Life Cycle

Although the software development life cycle (SDLC) is an important part of any software project, IT project managers rarely seem to raise the topic. Instead, they leave it to the development teams to determine which SDLC method the project should use. This approach is inefficient, since picking the appropriate SDLC can have a major impact on project execution and outcome. A lack of communication between the development manager and project manager about the SDLC can lead to misunderstandings, code defects, incomplete functional specifications, incomplete defect reports and missed timelines. In fact, the SDLC, along with project management methodologies, should be a focus for a project manager.
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