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Accommodating Soft Skills in Software Project Management

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dc.contributor.author Sukhoo, Aneerav
dc.contributor.author Barnard, Andries
dc.contributor.author Eloff, Mariki M.
dc.contributor.author Van der Poll, John A
dc.contributor.author Motah, Mahendrenath
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-06T13:11:52Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-06T13:11:52Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.citation Sukhoo, Aneerav (et. al) 2005 Skills in Software Project Management. Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology Volume 2 pp 691-704 en
dc.identifier.issn 1547-5867
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4919
dc.description.abstract Software project management probably is a sector that has witnessed the highest rate of project failure in the world. This is not the case with project management concerned with other disciplines due to better management of their inherent strengths and weaknesses. Hard skills, often described as a science and comprising processes, tools and techniques applied to projects are the main focus of many project management methodologies. Extensive research has been carried out in the project management domain with greater focus on hard skills. Soft skills described as an art, are very often ignored during software project management. Such skills, acquired through experience, are concerned with managing and working with people, ensuring customer satisfaction and creating a conducive environment for the project team to deliver high quality products within budget and on time and exceeding stakeholder expectations. This paper summarizes the soft skills that can possibly improve the success rate of software projects. These projects, if not managed properly can lead to escalation of budget and time schedules beyond expectations. Deterioration of quality may be inevitable while deploying efforts to deal with cost overrun and schedule extension. Research in the field of soft skills required has been carried out at the University of Arkansas. The results show that IT organizations are conscious of the need for soft skills. Furthermore, a number of organizations, like Polaris, Sun Microsystems and Mastek have found it necessary to include soft skills in their training agenda. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Information Science Institute en
dc.rights Published materials by Informing Science Institute is licensed Published materials by Informing Science Institute is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.
dc.subject Soft skills en
dc.subject Hard skills en
dc.subject IT project Management en
dc.subject Software project management en
dc.subject Project management technology en
dc.subject Emotional intelligence en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.title Accommodating Soft Skills in Software Project Management en
dc.type Article en


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