Project Management in the Software Industry Analytical Essay by Nicky

A close look at Microsoft's use of global project management teams.
# 149969 | 2,369 words | 22 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 16, 2012 in Business (Companies) , Business (Management) , Business (Human Resources)

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The paper begins by pointing out the difficulties in project management in software industries. The paper focuses on Microsoft's approach to global project management and examines how Microsoft relies on project management for innovation. The paper also details Microsoft's new product development cycles that consist of five stages. The paper clearly shows how, as globalization impacts its customers globally, Microsoft has been able to respond with the effective use of project management techniques.

How Microsoft Relies on Project Management for Innovation
The Microsoft Project Management Methodology

From the Paper:

"It is a common perception that the larger the company, the more difficult it is for it to react to market conditions, created new products, and in the case of Microsoft, adopt entirely new development and computing platforms. Driven the natural inclination in larger organizations to resist change, becoming ethnocentric about ones' own technologies, project management, and development processes, larger organizations struggle to stay agile and capable of rapid product development once they have attained a level of financial stability (Kwak, Anbari, 2009). From a project management perspective in Microsoft, this is the most significant impediment to keeping intensity and a sense of urgency alive in projects. Battling scope creep or the tendency to incrementally add new features (Kuprenas, Nasr, 2003) is common in nearly all software projects, yet Microsoft has been renowned for this in its largest projects. Project Green, which never actually shipped (Bradbury, 2006) but was morphed into .NET, is a case in point.
For the many challenges it faces internally in global project management of the development of new applications and operating systems, Microsoft has shown the ability to deliver exceptionally large projects of high quality as well. The Microsoft Windows NT operating system was released in 1993, had 4.5 million lines of code and over 450 developers, across five nations working on it simultaneously (Cusamano, 1997). Keeping in mind that this is before the development of collaborative project management applications (Ghosh, 2009) and that e-mail, conference calls and file sharing through shared secured locations on the Microsoft Intranet were used, one can see how this is a significant accomplishment."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bernoff, J., & Li, C. (2008). Harnessing the Power of the Oh-So-Social Web. MIT Sloan Management Review, 49(3), 36-42.
  • Danny Bradbury. 2006. Is Microsoft developer-ready? MicroScope, July 24, 6.
  • Yu Cong, and Hui Du. 2007. Collaborate on the Web. Journal of Accountancy 203, no. 6, (June 1): 48-49.
  • Michael A Cusumano. 1997. How Microsoft Makes Large Teams Work Like Small Teams. Sloan Management Review 39, no. 1, (October 1): 9-20.
  • Ghosh, J.. 2009. Software Development of a Globally Distributed Multicomponent Project: A Theoretical Model and Simulations. Journal of Global Information Technology Management 12, no. 3, (July 1): 29-54.

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