Risk describes a factor that may have a negative OR a positive impact on a project. A positive risk is also called an opportunity in general. Risk is quantified by measuring the probability of an unexpected event occurring with an impact that event would have on your project.
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Project Managers and Business Analysts frequently use Six Sigma related tools, techniques, and processes as a way to capture requirements, risks, and assumptions for their projects. One technique which can be effective to capturing information from a business is known as Voice of the Business.
Blogging on gantthead can be a great way to get your ideas out to your peers. Postings are widely read and often find their way onto the gantthead home page.
Interface Control Document (ICD) is a document that describes the interface(s) to a system or subsystem. It may describe the inputs and outputs of a single system or the interface between two systems or subsystems. It can be very detailed or pretty high level, but the point is to describe all inputs to and outputs from a system.
One of the most important aspects that decide the success or failure of any project is the nature of relationship that develops between the Client and the Contractor. In office environments which are increasingly becoming paperless, the importance of personal relationships cannot be over emphasised. It is an absolute must within a company but equal...
A hash function is an algorithm that turns a string (for example, a typed sentence) into a unique, fixed length string of characters that the computer understands as the same thing. So the output just looks like a jumble of letters and numbers to the human eye, but in that form a computer can then process and work with the information more efficiently. The fixed length string is sometimes called a message digest or digital fingerprint.
A decision making technique that uses a decision matrix to force a ranking among possible alternative solutions.
Timeboxing is establishing a due date for a project or task based on external factors versus how long we think the work will take. This happens when work must be completed by a given date based on business needs. This is not a problem if the project manager has the resources to make it happen. It becomes problematic if the deadline is set with considering resource constraints. (i.e. - it can't be done on time with the resources you have)
Black Box Testing views the entire application as a black box - focusing on inputs and outputs rather than internal lines of code. The tester avoids influence from the developer and actually tries every sort of (not necessarily logical) input they can think of to see what will happen.
Big Bang Testing is testing a complete system (an integration test of all modules) all at once.