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Rethink Requirements - The Natural Language Processing Approach

PREMIUM on-demand webinar
by Mike Frenette, Jordan Kyriakidis

According to PMI’s Pulse of the Profession, “When projects do not meet their original goals and project objectives, inaccurate business analysis/requirements management is cited as the primary cause 47% of the time.” And the increasing scale and complexity of projects is making it extremely difficult to assess and verify the project requirements. As a result - a huge amount of critical errors in project and systems development arise in the initial concept & design stages. In this presentation and workshop, we will focus on how harnessing automated computational tools utilizing Natural Language Processing can help project managers ensure their requirements are consistently clear & are a joy to work with. These project managers, business analysts, engineers and by extension their clients, will benefit in the earliest stages of a project to ensure poorly written requirements do not infiltrate later project stages leading to reduced stress, increased confidence and higher project success.

Developing a Good Analytics Governance Framework

by Sangram Bhaskar Aglave

The objective of governance is benefits realization, risk optimization and resource optimization. A good governance framework can help a performing organization develop a more holistic approach toward analytics.

Overcoming Agile Testing Inertia with Mind Maps

by Paul Carvalho

When teams transition to agile development and the QA/testers continue to follow the same testing processes and tools they used before joining the agile team, you're asking for trouble. In this article, we contrast agile and traditional testing--and give an example of how a mind map can facilitate the testing process.

High-Impact Project Mistakes and Remedies

by Partha S. Ghose, PMP

Projects are the manifestations of scores of complex, unique activities that vary from project to project and industry to industry. But there are certain serious mistakes that are common in nature, and that are committed in many large projects. Learn how to deal with seven such major issues that are generally prevalent in almost all projects.

A Whole New World

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

When technology shifts, you need to learn how to move into a new world. It can be frightening at times, but if you choose your path carefully, you can find new adventures and rewards. Keep these tips in mind.

Project Workflow Framework: An Error-Free Project Management Environment

by Dan Epstein

The project workflow framework enables even the inexperienced project manager to use detailed step-by-step guidance, examples, tools and practical advice, freeing experienced project managers to manage programs and portfolios and promoting better use of project resources to reduce the cost of projects across all industries.

Project Management and Business Value Creation

by Diego Escobar

Project managers must ensure that projects are aligned with business strategy and value creation for their company and its shareholders. The author demonstrates the importance of the bridge between the business and project worlds, even when there is not a clear link between their objectives. But one objective always remains the same: to create economic value.

Material Checklist

PREMIUM deliverable
by Rami Kaibni

This material checklist and signoff form can be used for any type of material inspection. It is widely used in construction under the quality control process, but can be adapted for other non-construction areas.

How to Undertake a Project Quality Review

by Michael Stanleigh

A project quality review helps to identify the root causes of problems on a flailing project and provides detailed guidance for how to get it back on track. It has a direct, positive impact on an organization’s bottom line. When undertaken at the end of a project, it provides valuable “lessons” for project teams working on future projects.

The Risk-based Testing Strategy

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

What can you do when schedules slip and there is pressure to still deliver on time? Risk-based testing starts early in the project. You should begin identifying risks to quality early--and use that awareness to guide your testing strategy.

What We Are Still Getting Wrong About Quality

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

We’re getting quality more wrong than we are right. Which is fascinating, when you get down to it, because quality is the foundation on which project management is built. Why is this a problem? When everything is a constraint, nothing is.

How to Resolve Stakeholder Disagreements During Defect Reviews

by Joe Wynne

When stakeholders disagree over which defects must be fixed during the project, it can cause schedule or scope changes near the project end date. Avoid such changes--or at least justify them for a change request--by using these tactics to understand and work through disagreements efficiently.

When Hardware and Software Become One: Project Partnerships and Infrastructure

by Mike Donoghue

When working on the complex tasks associated with configuring for combined hardware and software product deliverables--and the sharing that takes place between the technologies--it is important to have the right mix of teams in place in order to make project execution a less painful reality.

DMAIC for Innovation (Part 1)

by Braden Kelley

Much has been written about how a formal Six Sigma approach and a formal approach to innovation cannot co-exist. But is that really true? In the spirit of Lean and process improvement, this innovation expert shares some thoughts on Six Sigma and the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) framework that he pulled together.

Managing Quality in Agile Projects: Your Three-Part Checklist

by Paul Carvalho

Managing quality during a software development project can be difficult and time consuming when you have been misinformed about true quality indicators and practices. Actively managing quality on an agile project can be both simpler and harder than traditional approaches. Here are some basic practices to save time and unnecessary rework--and improve stakeholder satisfaction before and after delivery.

Topic Teasers Vol. 53: Make Your Point With 'ilities'

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP

Question: This is a small company and I’m very lucky. Rather than just having a project dumped on me, my boss typically describes what he is thinking about doing and he asks my opinion. The problem is that I don’t know how to evaluate his project ideas quickly and I don’t want to give him wrong advice. How can I hold a meaningful conversation without looking stupid?
A. Ask to take the idea back to your desk for a week or so. There you can confer with other employees and do additional research on his idea before you give him your response.
B. The Ilities are the group of mythical Greek women who protected Homer and saw to it that he won every battle. Use the story of the Greek heroes, who found courage by relying on the idea of protectors backing them to mentally allow you to gain the confidence to discuss the project ideas.
C. The responsibility for choosing projects belongs solely with your boss. Tell him that you are flattered that he has asked your opinion, but you feel that your role is just to fulfill the project requirements he sends to you in writing.
D. There is a list of quality checkpoints called the “Ilities”. They are also useful when evaluating a project at conception to see if it is worthwhile to pursue, or if it should be dropped.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

Managing Quality in a Program Management Plan (Part 2)

by Joe Wynne

Working on the program level, quality management becomes complex because of differing elements being measured and differing criteria. A Program Management Plan with a quality management section can fit the bill. In the concluding installment, we look at how you can guide this complexity.

Teamwork: The Best Quality Tool

by Andy Jordan

Quality is more than just processes and measurements--it’s about ownership and commitment. If you want a quality outcome, you need a team capable of delivering it.

Beyond Eliminating Defects: New Frontiers in Quality Management

by Bruce Harpham

"Quality" is one of the most heavily used words in advertising and management. Like any popular concept, quality is in danger of losing its distinct contribution due to overuse. In the world of project management, robust quality management has a vital role to play. Let’s consider a few of the recent advances in the art and science of quality management...

How to Improve the Quality of Project Execution

by Irfan Shariff

Sustaining support from resource groups can hinder a project manager's ability to deal with risks and contingencies. How do we dramatically improve the quality of our project execution? In a new book, an author offers help in the form of the quality function deployment (QFD) matrix.

Project Quality Management: What Went Wrong?

by Michelle Stronach

For the project manager, the multiple layers of organizational quality management can create challenges. They face a steep uphill battle managing project quality in organizations lacking quality assurance practices. Here's some help.

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