A set of techniques to facilitate group decision making, prioritization, and/or evaluation of alternatives. Geographically based decision making techniques help structure ideas and focus attention on evaluating each criteria carefully to enable more effective decisions. Criteria can be qualitative, or quantitative depending on the nature of the decision to be made or problem to be solved.
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A technique to identify and assess all major factors that may jeopardize the success of a project or achieving a goal.
Scope, Scope of Work, Scope Statement, Project Scope - All relate to the basic concept of what is required to be done to realize the objectives of a Project. It is a way of capturing the requirements and to list what is covered and what is not covered in a project. This is one of the mediums in which the Customer, Project Manager and hence the implementing Organization(s) communicate the Project Objectives. Also, this is one of the main areas of focus for a project manager for following reasons.
A technique used to experiment with new ideas or concepts at relatively low cost. Prototyping is used to model and create a functional form of a newly redesigned or reengineered component of a value stream. It is utilized to test alternative approaches and to validate that they represent real improvements. The greatest value is to study changes that could be very beneficial if implemented correctly, but could be extremely disruptive to the enterprise if implemented incorrectly.
A technique to estimate all costs associated with performing an enterprise change project or product development activity. Cost estimation can be performed using a bottom-up or top-down approach. When using a bottom-up approach, the costs are calculated on a unit level, then rolled up to the top level. The cycle time, number of people, and co...
Benchmarking determines where the enterprise is in relation to performing activities with "best-of-breed" or world class companies. It measures the performance or the degree of success that has been realized in comparison to other companies for a given activity, value stream, or other factor of interest. These measures then become the basis for analysis and redesign.
A set of techniques, used on a continual basis, that measures performance in terms of customer needs and satisfiers. Quality Measurement is concerned with the perception levels of customers and how to use those measurements in the design of a product or service and/or to track towards the achievement of activity goals.
If Quality was the key word in the industrial scene of 20th century, Sustainability has taken its place in the next century. After witnessing devastating floods, hurricanes and unbelievable climatic changes in almost all parts of the world, everyone has started taking their own survival a bit more seriously now. Science and Technology personnel hav...
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A graphic technique, (also known as a fishbone diagrams, herringbone diagrams, cause-and-effect diagrams, or Fishikawa), used for displaying characteristics of a given situation or problem.