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Product and program management : battling the strangler trees of system and social complexity in the software market jungle

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dc.contributor.advisor Michael A. Cusumano. en_US Hempe, John A. (John Alan) en_US
dc.contributor.other System Design and Management Program. en_US 2007-07-18T13:20:33Z 2007-07-18T13:20:33Z 2006 en_US 2006 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, System Design and Management Program, 2006. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 108-109). en_US
dc.description.abstract An exploration of Software Product and Program Management as recently emergent roles in the information technology sector is presented. The exploration is presented in six sections divided into two major parts. The first part, in four sections, explores Product Management from a primarily anthropological and managerial perspective, while the second part, in two sections, explores major engineering issues related to the role. The first part gives a synopsis of the history and economics of software products, demonstrating the rapid evolution of a field facing unprecedented problems with product complexity and motivating the need for Product Management. The role of Product Manager is explored in detail using both extant literature and interviews conducted with current practitioners in industry. The related role of Program Manager is briefly discussed. Finally, an extended historical case study is presented demonstrating the struggles and pitfalls of Product Management in software product companies. The second part explores two major engineering issues related to the Product Management role: Project Management and Requirements Engineering. en_US
dc.description.abstract (cont.) A survey of major Software Project Management methods in use is given along with critiques of their effectiveness. Finally, the emerging field of Requirements Engineering is studied, with the conclusion that purely analytical methods such as semi-formal modeling cannot obviate the need for social process methods. Such methods take into account the tendency for human communication problems both to sabotage and to become embedded within software systems. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by John A. Hempe. en_US
dc.format.extent 147 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.title Product and program management : battling the strangler trees of system and social complexity in the software market jungle en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 150923602 en_US

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