Do you know how to thoroughly and efficiently test the software product you have so painstakingly built? Don't risk delivering a faulty software product due to insufficient or unfocused testing. Use this list to check whether you are testing smart--or just testing!
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Every project manager wants a dream team of competent, pleasant, reliable people who can be counted on to produce and work independently. Give your team members this checklist to monitor their own performance and inspire them to meet the intrinsic and extrinsic rewards of doing the project well. (That includes pleasing you!)
Before you launch into the nitty-gritty details of your project plan, such as scheduling and resourcing, you had better make sure the project is in alignment with business objectives. Does it fit in with the existing business and technical environments of the enterprise? Is it even feasible? Does the customer approve of the proposed solution? Have you defined the solution clearly so you can plan it efficiently? Check it against this list.
A formal deliverable review by committee is a necessary evil of a software project. Guidelines for conducting deliverable review sessions must be established and followed. Check your deliverable review procedures against this list to make sure your reviews are productive and professional.
Minimize the risk of something going wrong on your project because of a planning oversight. Check your project plan to make sure you have done the activities recommended in this checklist.
Wondering why your projects don't sail so smoothly? Looking to improve your project management approach? Use this checklist periodically, especially when you have time on and between projects to do some serious evaluation of how you really strategize, plan and manage your projects. It will reveal the adjustments you need to make to increase your chances of success on your future projects and reveal ways to improve your current project and capitalize on those things that are working best.
This checklist will help you build and refine your project schedule. After you have determined the time needed to produce the deliverables and conduct the activities (the basics), you need to allocate time for all the extras and the potential unexpecteds that will come back and bite you if you overlook them.
You and your project group are putting together a proposal--literally. This checklist (broken down into administrative, technical and financial sections) helps you keep track of what you need to include.
The beginning of a project is a busy and exciting time. It is easy to overlook details that may have a major effect on the course of the project. Use this checklist to assure yourself that the details are covered before you launch into action.
This checklist will help you decide whether your project is an idea whose time has come--or something better left undone. Call it a reality check!