Project Management of Large Software-Intensive Systems



Book Title:  Project Management of Large Software-Intensive Systems
Author:  Marvin Gechman
Publisher:  CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group
List Price: $79.95
Format: Large, soft cover, 366 pages
Publication Date: April 2019
ISBN: 978-0-367-13671-0
Reviewer: Bill Sundermann
Review Date: November 2019




The author, Marvin Gechman, is a long-time, seasoned manager of engineering and government contracts and it shows. A very detailed, organized book is arranged to provide the reader with every possible topic of software project management for large systems.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book has five sections focused on software project fundamentals, followed by domains of software management and quality, software resources, systems software engineering, and finally critical software elements.

The fundamentals introduce how to use the book, terms and definitions, and team structure. Project management activities are laid out to cover objectives, control areas, and process improvement. Software life cycles and development methodologies are described in detail with adequate coverage of agile and scrum.

Each domain section starts out with an explanation of what is covered with references to the numbered sections of the chapter.


The first section of software project management fundamentals lays the foundation by stressing the importance of having a solid software development plan (SDP) and the key success factors specific to a software-intensive system implementation.

Explanations of the role of software work products in developing documentation are a key to developing a sustainable product.

As a PM working within in a large software services company, there are usually management directives on the standards and methodologies expected by the PMO. The chapter on Software Development Methodologies makes it clear that the framework used can be a hybrid of process models such as agile, incremental, iterative and others – whatever best fits the project.


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About the Reviewer


Bill Sundermann

Texas, USA




Bill Sundermann, PMP, is a senior project manager with FIS, a leading provider of technology solutions for merchants, banks and capital markets firms globally. Our 55,000 people are dedicated to advancing the way the world pays, banks and invests by applying our scale, deep expertise and data-driven insights. We help our clients use technology in innovative ways to solve business-critical challenges and deliver superior experiences for their customers.

Bill Sundermann holds a degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from SMU in Dallas. A 36-year veteran of the banking and financial services industry, he is a credentialed Project Management Professional and a member of the Dallas Chapter of the Project Management Institute.

Bill can be contacted at Bill.sundermann@fisglobal.com


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