Software Developer’s Role In Project Management Triangle
The project management triangle is used by managers to examine or recognize the problems that may arise due to executing and fulfilling a project. All projects regardless of their size will have many constraints.
Project Management (PM) is all about how software teams create and follow procedures that allow them to help achieve client’s goal within a pre-defined timeframe and assigned budget. And the final delivery should have suitable quality and possess features and functions described in technical requirements specs and change requests.
In the best case scenario, while working on a software dev project, developers should make sure:
The Three Constraints
The three constraints in a project management (PM) triangle are time, cost and scope.
A project’s activities can either take shorter or longer amount of time to complete. Completion of tasks depends on a number of features such as the number of people working on the project, capability and skills etc.
Time is a vital factor which is irrepressible. On the other hand, failure to meet the deadlines in a project can create hostile effects. Most often, the main reason for organizations to fail in terms of time is due to lack of resources.
It’s authoritative for both the project manager and the organization to have an expected cost when undertaking a project. Budgets will confirm that project is developed or implemented below a certain cost. Sometimes, project managers have to allocate extra resources in order to meet the deadlines with a penalty of additional project costs.
Scope looks at the outcome of the project undertaken. This contains of a list of deliverables, which need to be addressed by the project team. A successful project manager will know to manage both the scope of the project and any change in scope which impacts time and cost.
The actual time of development doesn’t surpass time specified in your preliminary Proposal to client Code quality fully meets pre-determined parameters and standards Cost of project development stays within the budget during its lifecycle
Actually, all enforced limitations should be sufficient both in terms of common sense and in terms of developer’s capabilities and proficiencies.
Why do we need to assess software developers against PM Triangle?
1. Boost Efficiency
Objective valuation of software developer’s professionalism standards could help HR management find the right people for each particular client’s project who would best meet project requirements. Having an opportunity to compare own competences to those of their colleagues allows developers to better understand what qualities / skills they have yet to improve to become higher-paid and in-demand.
2. Keep Customer Happy
At the end of the day, customer is the one who’s most attentive in getting the right specialists onboard, because the more competent the developer, the higher the quality of delivery and the lower the final cost (due to elimination / reduction of overheads, etc).
3. Extra Expenses Vs Anticipated Outcome
Price the client will have to pay on top of budget for their Team assessment is rather low compared to the result they can get in return (e.g. more precise data gathering and analytics to improve BI).
However, designing such assessment standards requires strong validation to be embedded right to the project spec. To date, there’re 2 main paths you can take: deadline-focused and budget-focused. But before reviewing each of them, let me briefly describe a QA approach you can employ within your project teams.