Best Practices for Software Projects: Design Signoffs

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Ever worked on a project where the requirements were scribbled on a napkin and you were asked how quickly you could get the project done? First time project managers sometimes fall into this trap, and it is a recipe for disaster.

To consistently deliver software solutions on-time and on-budget, you must follow a disciplined approach to managing the project. The only way to adequately determine the project timeline is to fully understand all deliverables of a project, to manage risk with risk mitigation, and to obtain signoffs along the way so that you have documented accountability.

Here is a simplified overview of how a software project should be run to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery. Notice that each phase requires sign-off from various project members to ensure a quality release.

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Steve Miller's picture Steve Miller

Steve Miller is the Vice President of ALM Solutions for AutomatedQA. With over 25 years of experience, Steve has extensive knowledge in project management, software architecture and test design. Steve publishes a monthly newsletter for companies that design and develop software. Be sure to check out our other newsletters.

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