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16 Critical Software Practices
 
SPMN Guidebooks

Click on the guidebook thumbnails to download. The  guidebook files are Adobe Acrobat .PDFs and are compressed with WINZIP to speed up the download. 

 
Little Magenta Book - The Condensed Guide to the 16 Point Plan Little Magenta Book -
The Condensed Guide to the 16 Point Plan

The 16 Point Plan for critical software practices will go a long way to engendering successful software development and maintenance. These critical software practices address key high-leverage areas practiced by successful commercial software developers. They pertain to the management and control of the software development aspects of the work so that the government's requirements are met and high-quality software is delivered on schedule, on time, and within costs. The 16 Point Plan details those practices that are essential to successfully manage software development and maintenance projects in industry and government. The 16 Point Plan Measures provide a means to monitor project progress indications and warnings to help gauge how well the project is running..  Download
   
Little Blue Book - The 16 Critical Software Practices Implementation Guidelines
Little Blue Book -
The 16 Critical Software Practices Implementation Guidelines

The objective of this document is to provide Program Executive Officers, Executive Management, Program Managers, and the Software Project Team a set of guidelines for the successful implementation of the 16 Critical Software Practices within software-reliant programs. Guidelines are provided for the following implementation topics:

• Overcoming Cultural Barriers
• Grouping and Sequencing of the 16 Critical Software Practices
• Application of Metrics to Determine the Extent of Successful   Implementation of the Critical Software Practices
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Little Yellow Book of Software Management Questions
This set of questions has been developed to provide a means for program managers and review authorities to assess the extent to which project management has an adequate understanding of the key issues involved in conducting a successful project and the extent to which these practices are employed. Download
   
Project Analyzer Project Analyzer
A handy questionnaire that program managers should complete that will provide them with a 'quick look' at their software project's health.  Download   
   
The Condensed Guide To Software Acquisition Best Practices The Condensed Guide To Software Acquisition Best   Practices
This guide provides winning strategies used by successful government and industry software program managers. Implementing these practices and tools in your program environment will enable you to effectively manage your    acquisition program as well.   Download
   
Little  Book of Configuration Management Little Book of Configuration Management
A guide to help managers establish Configuration Management as a means by which to maintain and control integrity, content, change, and/or status of shared information throughout a projects life cycle.  Download
   
The Little Book of Bad Excuses The Little Book of Bad Excuses
Real excuses used by real software program managers. How many have you heard before or used yourself?        
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Little Book of Testing, Vol. I, Overview & Best Practices
This first volume of the testing series offers strategies for effective testing of large-scale software programs, and advice on how to manage testing and evaluation programs.

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The Little Book of Testing, Vol. II, Implementation Techniques
Implementing the basic testing concepts and rules in this second volume of the testing series will significantly improve your testing process, and result in better products.

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