Software Project Survival Guide SPSG Home | Resources by Chapter | Resources by Subject Survival Check Home Complete List of Survival Checks Survival Check for Chapter 7 Preliminary Planning Project has a clear vision. Vision doesn’t provide guidance in deciding what to leave out of the software. Project has identified an executive sponsor or committee with final authority over project-wide decisions. The project plans and progress according to plan are readily available to all project team members and upper management. Project has appointed a risk officer. Risk officer is the project manager. Project has a Top 10 Risks List. The Top 10 Risks List is not kept up to date. Project develops risk management plans for each risk on the top 10 list. Project hires well-qualified people, waiting if necessary, rather than just hiring whoever is available first. Project time accounting is begun before requirements development begins. All of the above considerations are formalized in a Software Development Plan. The Software Development Plan isn’t placed under change control. The plan described in the Software Development Plan isn’t actually followed by the development team.