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Getting Results from Software Development Teams by Lawrence J. Peters and Lawrence Peters

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Precedence Diagramming for Cost and Schedule Control

Software project managers can use a simple method called precedence diagramming to quickly capture and maintain the essence of the project, its schedule, and its cost status in a single diagram. This method relies on the precedence relationships that exist between the major subtasks that the effort comprises. At a high enough level of abstraction, even a major software undertaking could be described in terms of a dozen or fewer tasks. One straightforward method (Kuehn, 2006) utilizes the notation shown in Figure 8-15. Multiple passes through the project model are required to achieve the desired result. Each pass reveals important details about the relationships between tasks. These details include ...

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