Code-off-the-Shelf (COTS) based solutions are intended to be easy and inexpensive to implement but their complexity is often underestimated. The author highlights some of the lessons learned from several large scale COTS implementations in the public sector and suggests ways project managers can avoid expensive overruns and sponsor dissatisfaction.
Situation: You need to take a fresh approach to estimating.Estimating tools are always interesting to understand because they reflect what their makers feel are the key inputs to the estimation proces ...
The basic premise of EVM is that we can assign a value to each task. We can then determine the progress that we have made on our project relative to schedule by comparing the amount of work completed with the amount of work planned to have been completed at the reporting date, and the progress relative to budget by comparing the amount of money that we have actually spent with the amount of money that we planned to spend.
The attached workbook is useful for these many projects out there where no costing data can be used--or is not available--so the classic Earned Value Technique cannot be applied. It provides not only a progress tracking mechanism but also effort based project forecasting based on the above consideration.
Project Management Software, CPM, schedule, labor, and materials. Schedule and Cost Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). Gantt charts include varying summary level. Labor use vs available task color coded histogram. Earned value (BCWS, BCWP, ACWP)
Schedule Cracker is an enterprise class Business Intelligence tool for Project Management right at your desktop. Providing deep analysis and visualization of a project’s CPM schedule through interactive dashboards and a library of over 200 metrics.
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