In the context of software project management, the “iron triangle” identifies a number of inter-related concepts: Products (and product characteristics)
Activities and tasks
Cost/staffing (and other resources)
You are required to produce a 4000 word report discussing the relationship between the management and control of these concepts and the success (or failure) of software development projects1 . Your work in preparing this report will entail significant literature research on the topic which will extend well beyond standard texts on software engineering (e.g., Sommerville, Pressman, Hughes etc)2 . Reference to appropriate published case studies is also welcome.
You should present your research findings in the form of a coherent and cohesive argument/discussion: your report Introduction should clearly identify the specific argument and topic of discussion to be found within your report.
Your report should include an appropriate set of conclusions; I suggest at most 400 words.
You may assume that your audience is familiar with the generic basics of project management (e.g., risk management, cost estimation, planning, control) as defined by the contents of the lectures: these details therefore do not need to be repeated in your report. You should include a reference list (including URLs), and optionally a bibliography. Make sure that the body of your report contains appropriate citations to the articles in your reference list.