Statistical PERT™ (SPERT™) Task Estimation Worksheet

by William Davis

Statistical PERT uses standard functions for the normal distribution that come built-in to Microsoft Excel. Using these two functions, SPERT can create endless estimates with probabilities ranging between 0 and 100%. SPERT allows estimators to subjectively indicate how likely the most likely outcome really is. With SPERT, an estimator’s subjective opinion changes the SPERT standard deviation, and that affects the SPERT-created probabilities associated with SPERT estimates. To be used in conjunction with the accompany article Introducing Statistical PERT.

Key Performance Indicator Template

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by Harold Hunt

While numerous key performance indicators (KPIs) typically influence IT projects generally, the benefit of tracking all of them may be outweighed by the cost to do so. Therefore, each project must carefully select and manage those KPIs most relevant to its specific situation. This sample template can be used to define KPIs; also included is a table with examples of possible KPIs for each of the previously defined project-critical success factors (PCSFs) and a metric (measure and dimension) for each KPI. Use in conjunction with the article Determining IT Project Health.

Project Plans

Software Development Project Plan

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by Sunil Sharma

Here is everything you need for a software development project, from planning through close-out.

JPACE Project Plan

project plan

Timing is everything, even in project management. The key to a successful project is to use JPACE--that is, to Justify, Plan, Activate, Control and End it the right way. This Microsoft Project plan will help you do just that.


What Project Management Software Programs Do--or Should Do


There are numerous project management programs out there, ranging from simple scheduling programs to bloated behemoths that do everything but tap dance at the company picnic and wash windows in the corporate boardroom. Which one is right for your project management needs?


Proposal Coordination Checklist

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Putting together a proposal requires a great deal of coordination. This handy checklist will help you keep everything straight.


Half this game is ninety percent mental.

- Yogi Berra