Project Design Methodology?

Hi All,

I would like to know if you could outline your Software design methodology or approach. I am embarking on a .NET project and would like to know what the baseline approaches are. Is there a checklist of things I need to get done prior to starting Requirements sessions with users. My idea about design approach is that it's not technical, but functional. What needs to be in place in terms of leading a new project, how to track progress, etc.. Please advise. If you have a document outline what I'm looking for, please provide the link to it.

Thanks
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peprConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Read about Extreme Programming http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_Programming.
It could be good starting point even when you finaly decide for another approach. It is based also on so called "use cases" that are rather informally captured desires of users.

The good thing to read for you may be "The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code" at http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000043.html.

Read about Version Control Systems http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Version_control_system. Read the comparison http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_revision_control_software. If in doubt, focus on CVSNT or SVN (roughly of the similar quality, free, well known).

They are only starting points. It is a lot work in front of you. Good luck!
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phiranaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Look into Scrum. It changed the way we work. And not to mention in a scrum master now :).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrum_(development)

A lot of larger companys are starting to use this approach.

BBC,
Yahoo etc
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Computer101Commented:
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