Computer Science

Computer Science Colloquium

Dipl.-Ing. Sonja Koppensteiner
Interglobe Consulting Com., Silicon Valley,CA, USA

The Significance of the Right Timing of Project Reviews in Software Development Projects

Thu 09.06.2005, 16:15, 60 minutes
HS 13


Despite improving software methodologies and techniques, software projects are still perceived as unpredictable and costly. The cost associated with unsuccessful projects for the U.S. companies is around $145 billion per year. One major part of the problem is the management approach taken for defining, planning and executing product development. Asking the right questions at the right time of the project lifecycle becomes key to correct misperceptions in management. As a result management can adjust business decisions or correct the product directions in time. A set of five basic questions is established with subcategories that can be applied for project reviews throughout the lifecycle of a product development. In order to identify the right timing for project reviews, the presentation focuses on the relationship between product life cycle, project life cycle and software development methodology. Further it assesses the waterfall model, agile development methodologies and the spiral model to identify the best timing for the project reviews. The attendees take away guidelines for the timing of the review Milestones related to the development method.


Sonja Koppensteiner, PMP, has held multiple project management positions in the high tech industry, in Europe and in the Silicon Valley delivering products to multiple markets such as power utility market, ATE, Telecommunications, and EDA. Her experience spans from software project management at Siemens, Austria to overall project management responsibility of highly complex and cross-functional solutions in the telecommunication industry at Cisco Systems, San Jose, USA. Her knowledge covers the full product lifecycle from initiation to end of life. She has been working as an individual project management consultant since 2003 in Silicon Valley,CA, USA. Sonja Koppensteiner, PMP, obtained her Master degree of Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria and her Master degree in Management from College of Notre Dame (CND), CA. Sonja also obtained a project management certification from UC Berkeley and is also certified SCRUM master. Sonja has been working on her PhD at the Kepler University in Linz, Austria since 2004
Invited by o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Chroust

The Computer Science Colloquium is organized by the Department of Coputer Science at JKU, the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Informatik (ÖGI) and the Österreichische Computergesellschaft (OCG).
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