Project managers often use techniques that are successful at reducing cost and the development time without impacting quality. However, it is possible for them to push their techniques too far. Here is how.
Do I have your attention yet? Most people in software development instinctively know that the project manager’s drive to make sure the project is on time is at odds with the desire to have high quality software. Not that project managers don’t want high quality software too, it’s just they want the software and they want on-time delivery and costs that are at or less than what was estimated, in addition to quality. Their efforts are often successful at reducing cost and the development time without impacting quality. However, it is possible for them to push their techniques too far.
Although all of the following project management techniques are at least well meaning, and in some cases, they are even time honored techniques, they do have the potential for disaster.
Getting top honors in the list of things which can destroy software quality is the practice of time boxing. This practice is where you tell someone how long they are allowed to work on the task before it must be turned over. I say turned over and not completed because used at its extreme it often means that the code isn’t complete, it’s merely pushed along the process.
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