Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science Honours


Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering

First Supervisor

Sue Jones

Second Supervisor

Stuart Hope


For many years the development of computer software has been plagued by poor customer satisfaction caused by missed schedules, underestimated budgets and the development of products which do not meet requirements. The ever increasing reliance on computers, as reported by Sommerville ''the result of the proliferation of computer systems into all aspects of life and business is that personal, corporate, national and international economies are [becoming] increasingly dependant on computers and software systems" ( 1992, p.2), calls for more stable software which can be developed within time and budget constraints. To achieve this, software development activities must be analysed and ways to improve the success of projects suggested. This study investigates the software development process in an attempt to reveal the importance of project management to the process and establish which activities contribute most to project success. It is these activities which should receive the most attention when seeking to improve the software development process. Data was gathered through a series of questionnaires and interviews with software engineering students during their third year software engineering project at Edith Cowan University. This was analysed and conclusions drawn about the project management activities of the teams.