17-653   Managing Software Development

Location: Africa

Units: 12

Semester Offered: Fall

Large scale software development requires the ability to manage resources—both human and computational—through control of the development process. This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to lead a project team, understand the relationship of software development to overall product engineering, estimate time and costs, and understand the software process.

Course topics

  • life cycle models
  • requirements elicitation
  • configuration control
  • environments
  • quality assurance

More course details can be found in the Managing Software Development syllabus.

After completing this course, students will:

  • be able to write a software project management plan, addressing issues of risk analysis, schedule, costs, team organization, resources, and technical approach.
  • be able to define the key process areas of the Capability Maturity Model and the technology and practices associated with each and a variety of software development life cycle models and explain the strengths, weaknesses, and applicability of each.
  • be able to understand the relationship between software products and overall products (if embedded), or the role of the product in the organizational product line.
  • be able to understand the legal issues involved in liability, warranty, patentability, and copyright.
  • be able to understand the purpose and limitations of software development standards and be able to apply sensible tailoring where needed.
  • be able to use software development standards for documentation and implementation.
  • be able to apply leadership principles.
  • be able to perform requirements elicitation.


Industrial software engineering experience with a large project, or a comprehensive undergraduate course in software engineering. All (non-MSE/MSIT) applicants need to submit a one page description of their prior industrial software experience to the instructor.

Course format: Online

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