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I'd like to understand the difference, from a project-management perspective, between application development and other, non-application development.

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    Unclear what the purpose of your question is. Are you asking what the differences are between developing an application and other development work (and if so, from a development or from a project management viewpoint)? Or are you trying to recruit PMs?
    – Sarov
    Oct 27 '16 at 14:38
  • Hello, yes, from a Project Management perspective and yes, i am actively looking for consultants for (Automotive Client in Dearborn, MI). Oct 27 '16 at 15:35
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    I removed the bits about recruitment from your question - that is off-topic for PMSE.
    – Sarov
    Oct 27 '16 at 16:13
  • I pretty sure that "Application development" is a very broad field, but what exactly is "non-application development"? Do you mean "non-development" as in plumbing or lawn-moving? Or actually "non-software development" as in developing photos using chemicals? There is really nothing you could develop in software that you could not call an "Application".
    – nvoigt
    Oct 27 '16 at 18:16
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tl; dr

90% of project management is communications. 90% of communications is trust. The more relevant experience the PM has, the easier it is to gain and retain the trust of the team.

discursive rambling

From a pure project management standpoint, all projects are the same. The goal is the same; to close the project on time, on budget, on quality.

That said, a PM with software development experience will be more effective at

  • estimating software development time and effort,
  • establishing WBS & WBSD,
  • identifying, assessing and analyzing risks,
  • developing mitigation plans,
  • identifying, assessing and disposing of issues,
  • identifying and managing technical debt,
  • establishing and evaluating quality standards,
  • working closely with developers and in a development culture,
  • applying the project management methodology to the team and project in question.
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