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183.252 Monitoring and Controlling of Software Projects
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021S, VU, 4.0h, 6.0EC


  • Semester hours: 4.0
  • Credits: 6.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to systematically observe, evaluate and compare projects and multi-project structures as well as to perform additional analysis activities to optimize projects and project-oriented/-executing organizations on various levels.

Subject of course

The course "Software Project Monitoring and Controlling" deals with the strategic quality-producing supervision of software- and IT-projects:

  • Transparency: Make time, costs and quality of software manufacturing visible
  • Supervision: The supervision and escalation mechanism
  • Strategy: Analysis and correction of problems occurring during the software productions; SE theory vs. SE practice 
  • Comparability: Controlling and comparing all software projects within an enterprise over a period of time

Typical planning and methodological weaknesses in practice should be identified by analyzing real projects and systems. Possible solutions are designed and discussed within the group.

Didactic Approach: The course is offered as a weekly lecture with additional guest lectures. The exercise, which is done in a team, includes the following topics:

  • Software project status evaluation using the Earned Value Method
  • Monitoring and evaluation of a company based on its projects 
  • Development of a concept for multi-project-controlling in  software company
  • Controlling Case Study, analysis and management consulting (for a real software producing company)

Teaching methods

Lectures as well as guest lectures, application of Earned Value Analysis for the evaluation of projects, analysis of a specific use case and recommendation of measures for optimization and improvement.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Effort for the student (ECTS-Breakdown):

Lecture (45 h):

  • Preliminary Talk: 1 h
  • Lectures: 15 h
  • Self studies and further investigations: 29 h

Practical work (105 h):

  • Analysis and evaluation: 50 h
  • Concept: 20 h
  • Design: 20 h
  • Preparation of presentation: 5 h
  • Presentations: 2 h
  • Meetings: 8 h


Total: 150 hours (6 ECTS)



Course dates

Mon18:00 - 19:3015.03.2021 - 17.05.2021 Distance Learning via Zoom (LIVE)Vorbesprechung & Einführung
Monitoring and Controlling of Software Projects - Single appointments
Mon15.03.202118:00 - 19:30 Distance Learning via ZoomVorbesprechung & Einführung
Mon22.03.202118:00 - 19:30 Distance Learning via ZoomCost Controlling (Earned Value Methode)
Mon12.04.202118:00 - 19:30 Distance Learning via ZoomOrganisationsstrukturen projektorientierter Unternehmen
Mon19.04.202118:00 - 19:30 Distance Learning via ZoomEinführung Kennzahlen im Projektcontrolling
Mon26.04.202118:00 - 19:30 Distance Learning via ZoomControlling Agiler Projekte (Gastvortrag)
Mon03.05.202118:00 - 19:30 Distance Learning via ZoomCase Study Kennzahlen im Projektcontrolling
Mon10.05.202118:00 - 19:30 Distance Learning via ZoomCase-Study/Showcase (Gastvortrag)
Mon17.05.202118:00 - 19:30 Distance Learning via ZoomTransformation & Change Management

Examination modalities

Hand-in of coursework, delivery talks and/or presentations.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
18.02.2021 08:00 16.03.2021 08:00 24.03.2021 23:00


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
033 534 Software & Information Engineering STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


Grechenig, T., Bernhart, M., Breiteneder, R., Kappel, K. (2009): Softwaretechnik - Mit Fallbeispielen aus realen Projekten. Verlag Pearson Studium, München, Germany