vive la difference?
This article responds to William Roetzheim's article in the May PM Network, which argued that software development projects have unique problems and requirements that make them different from construction projects. These differences are more imaginary than real, asserts this author, who counters Roetzheim's twelve arguments with rebuttals of his own. Against the contention that the completion of software development tasks is difficult to measure, it is suggested that the real issue is not the nature of the task but that of the task definition. Against assertions that software development projects are harder to schedule, to estimate resource requirements for, and to assess the risks of, Duncan maintains that standard project management methods can be applied just as effectively to software development projects as to construction projects.