A large software development project can become scary for the development manager who is handling the project provided (s)he is lacking the experience and ability to manage people, machines, requirements and time in appropriate manner. A balanced control is the call of the time at this juncture, to give the project a right start by understanding the requirements well and selection of right people for the job. The development process needs to be planned and executed well for which a root level monitoring and control is mandatory. Having good knowledge and skills required to lead the development team goes haywired if these skills and knowledge are not executed timely and properly. The project manager or development manager has to understand the core relationship of software development with overall software product engineering, the estimated time and costs, and above all the software process being followed.
On the basis of the project requirements, the project manager has to decide upon the right life cycle model, requirements analysis, environment in which the product is to be built, control of configuration (both server and client level), development team management, and quality assurance. This is not at all easy, and can be achieved only by winning over each situation.