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Topics: Work Breakdown Structures (WBS)
Have you combined the use of EMV with affinity diagram?
It would be useful to see few examples here
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Riyadh -

could you provide a bit more detail about what you are looking to achieve as I'm not clear on the connection between these two tools. I've used affinity diagrams to organize and structure the relationships between a large number of detailed items and a WBS is arguably a type of affinity diagram and hence would be linked to EMV in that manner but beyond this, I'm lost :-)

Kiron
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1 reply by Riyadh Salih
Oct 25, 2018 11:52 AM
Riyadh Salih
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Kiron, I have read a book on project management and the author was using EMV in a nice way with the affinity that I really liked it and I thought many would have done the same here and can share some examples.
I have not seen EMV or Affinity diagrams used in many many years. In 30+ years of projects I have seen EMV used once and that was by a Project Coordinator.
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1 reply by Riyadh Salih
Oct 25, 2018 11:53 AM
Riyadh Salih
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Hi Al, well I found it very powerful planning tool, so what normally you use?
I've not seen it done with a formal EMV process, but I've definitely seen the concept in practice during early stages of a project. Whether it's risks, or opportunities (negative risks), there are often brain-storming activities to capture as many as possible. Often there is some attempt to monetize them and provide some margin of error for the business case. Whether it is due to color of money, organization structure, budget standards, etc. there is often a need to take the many sticky-notes with risks and bucket them into larger groupings, like Product, Production, Market, Regulatory, and Staffing. This can help show the landscape of risks at a higher level, which macro aspects of the project have the most uncertainty that needs to be reduced, and where/how much budget contingency is appropriate in the case of EMV.
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1 reply by Riyadh Salih
Oct 25, 2018 11:55 AM
Riyadh Salih
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Keith, thanks for your comment, I will later on provide some useful examples accordingly.
Oct 25, 2018 6:11 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Riyadh -

could you provide a bit more detail about what you are looking to achieve as I'm not clear on the connection between these two tools. I've used affinity diagrams to organize and structure the relationships between a large number of detailed items and a WBS is arguably a type of affinity diagram and hence would be linked to EMV in that manner but beyond this, I'm lost :-)

Kiron
Kiron, I have read a book on project management and the author was using EMV in a nice way with the affinity that I really liked it and I thought many would have done the same here and can share some examples.
Oct 25, 2018 8:49 AM
Replying to Al Taylor
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I have not seen EMV or Affinity diagrams used in many many years. In 30+ years of projects I have seen EMV used once and that was by a Project Coordinator.
Hi Al, well I found it very powerful planning tool, so what normally you use?
Oct 25, 2018 11:25 AM
Replying to Keith Novak
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I've not seen it done with a formal EMV process, but I've definitely seen the concept in practice during early stages of a project. Whether it's risks, or opportunities (negative risks), there are often brain-storming activities to capture as many as possible. Often there is some attempt to monetize them and provide some margin of error for the business case. Whether it is due to color of money, organization structure, budget standards, etc. there is often a need to take the many sticky-notes with risks and bucket them into larger groupings, like Product, Production, Market, Regulatory, and Staffing. This can help show the landscape of risks at a higher level, which macro aspects of the project have the most uncertainty that needs to be reduced, and where/how much budget contingency is appropriate in the case of EMV.
Keith, thanks for your comment, I will later on provide some useful examples accordingly.

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