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Adaptable Process Model
Building an Software Engineering Team

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Building an Effective Software Engineering Team

    The intent of this checklist is to assess the degree to which a software project team will work together effectively (SEPA 5/e, Chapter 3). It should be noted that many factors affect the qualty of a team. However, the following issues should be addressed by the project manager/team leader as the team is formed. For this checklist, the more questions that elicit a negative response, the higher the risk that the team will fail.

    • Has the team worked together before? If so, were the results of past working experience favorable?
    • Do members of the team have the correct mix of knowledge, training, and experience for the job to be done?
    • Do members of the team come from the same technical "culture"? the same organization?
    • Have the roles and responsibilities of each team member been clearly defined?
    • Have communication mechanisms for the team and with the outside world been clearly defined?
    • Do the team members have respect for the project manager? the team technical leader?
    • Is the working environment (e.g., offices, meeting rooms, tools) conducive tgood teamwork?
    • Have team members been shielded from administrative record keeping?
    • Have team members been provided with appropriate support staff?

    (See also Checklist: Airlie Project Quicklook, People-Aware Management Accountability)

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