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dc.contributor.advisorMichael A. Cusumano.en_US
dc.contributor.authorArwe, John E. (John Elliott), 1964-en_US
dc.date.accessioned2005-08-19T19:52:31Z
dc.date.available2005-08-19T19:52:31Z
dc.date.copyright1999en_US
dc.date.issued1999en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/9744
dc.descriptionThesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, System Design and Management Program, 1999.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 83-86).en_US
dc.description.abstractThe choice of project architecture - the structure of and interrelationships between product, processes, and organization - alters the project's risk profile. While most analyses take project scope as an input, I propose the examination of multiple project decompositions take place as part of project planning and project monitoring. The sub­projects created by each decomposition will have unique risk profiles, suggesting different process and organizational adaptations that lower overall project risk. By selecting project decompositions that partition risk and then adapting the structure of each sub-project to mitigate its particular risks, the probability of risk occurrence is reduced and the severity of consequences may be reduced. Case studies of four IBM mainframe system software projects illustrate lessons regarding project architecture, some general and some project- or process-specific. These projects employ both waterfall and iterative process models, managed using varying degrees of functional, lightweight, and heavyweight organizations.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby John E. Arwe.en_US
dc.format.extent86 leavesen_US
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dc.format.extent9066414 bytes
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
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dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.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.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subjectSystem Design and Management Programen_US
dc.titleReducing system software project risk through choice of project architectureen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.M.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentSystem Design and Management Programen_US
dc.identifier.oclc42768168en_US


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