The Catholic University of America

CMGT 515 Software Management Decisions for Engineering Leaders


Focuses on the competencies essential for successful software management decisions by leaders within engineering and technical organizations, Includes decision factors when purchasing, installing, using, and securing software products. Engineering manager skills include the ability to assess and tailor processes, to evaluate alternative processes and become aware of process standards, to define the product, to manage requirements and subcontractors, to perform initial assessments, to select methods and tools, to track product quality, and to understand development activities. Additional engineering manager project related skills include building a work breakdown structure, documenting plans, estimating cost and effort, managing risks, monitoring development, scheduling, selecting metrics and project management tools, and tracking progress and process. Engineering manager people related skills include appraising performance, handling intellectual property, effective meetings, interaction and communication, leadership, managing change, negotiating successfully, planning careers, presenting effectively, recruiting, selecting a team, and team building.

Summer 2017

Required Text:

Murry, A.P.  (2016). The Complete Software Project Manager.  Hoboken, New Jersey:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc.  LCCN 2015036771.


Recommended Texts: Reference only.

Persse, J.R.  (2006).  Process Improvement Essentials.  Sebastopol, CA:  O’Reilly Media, Inc.  ISBN-o-596-1-217-8.

Futrell, R.T.  (2002).  Quality Software Project Management.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall.  ISBN-0-13-091297-2.

Rules for publication of papers:

American Psychological Association (APA).  (2009).  Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).  Washington, D.C.:  American Psychological Association   ISBN-13: 978 1433805615.



Credit: 3 semester hours