Bring Better Organization to Software Development Projects

John Storts

Thanks to our seasoned, expert contributors, we've pulled together a short list of policies, templates, quick references and skills assessments to help you set standards for your software development initiatives, pull together the right players with key skills, keep track of risk and create informative, complete functional specifications.


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  • Software Development Policy Template - This policy assists you in standardizing software development, resulting in better resource utilization, a more consistent outcome and a higher-quality software product delivered to end users.
  • Project Knowledge Area Self-Assessment- This spreadsheet helps project managers capture details about the skills and expertise of project team members in order to "quickly identify any knowledge gaps or single points of failure."
  • Project Risk Plan - This plan template helps you outline the foreseeable project risks and provides a set of actions to be taken to both prevent the risk from occurring and reduce the impact of the risk should it occur.
  • Project Status Template - Serving as a checklist, this project management tool lists the items companies should include in a status report. The items to include are: top problems/issues, accomplishments, schedule status, budget/labor hour status, deliverables status, project risks and project level action items.
  • Functional Specifications Template - This document captures common features of a functional specifications document for a proposed system or application.


Use these resources to help you improve your overall project organization and chances for success.


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