PAMPA II Advanced Charting System

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Title: PAMPA II Advanced Charting System
Author: Inbarajan, Prabhu Anand
Abstract: Project Management is the primary key to successful software development . In 1995 Caper Jones stated that the failure or cancellation rate of large software systems was over 20 % in his article on patterns of large software systems . More than two thirds of the projects fail due to improper management of skills , activities , and personnel . One main reason is that software is not a tangible entity and is hard to visualize and hence to monitor . A manager has to be skilled in different CASE tools and technologies to track and manage a software development process successfully . The volume of results produced by these CASE tools is so huge that a high level manager cannot look into all the details . He has to get a high level picture of the project , to know where the project is heading , and if needed , then look into the finer level details by drilling down to locate and correct problems . The objective of this thesis is to build an Advanced Charting System (ACS ) , which would act as a companion to PAMPA 2 (Project Attribute Monitoring and Prediction Associate ) and help a manager visualize the state of a software project over a standard World Wide Web browser . The PAMPA 2 ACS will be responsible for visualizing and tracking of resources , tasks , schedules and milestones of a software project described in the plan . PAMPA 2 ACS will have the ability to depict the status of the project through a variety of graphs and charts . PAMPA 2 ACS implements a novel charting technique called as DOT Chart to track the processes and activities of a software project . PAMPA 2 ACS provides a multilevel view of the project status . PAMPA 2 ACS will be able to track any arbitrary plan starting from a collapsed / concise view of a whole project . This can be further drilled down to the lowest level of detail . The status can be viewed at the project version level , plan and workbreakdown levels , process , sub process , and activity level . Among all the process models , the DOT charts can be applied effectively to spiral process model where each spiral represents a project version .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /387
Date: 2004-09-30


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