Use actual accounting data on the performance of your last project to compare how accurate your estimates were versus the real thing. The Actual ROI tool is a quick way to show you how your project performed against the plan and identify areas for improving your estimating skills.
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The Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) is a quantitative decision-making methodology that uses pair-wise comparisons to determine the importance of relative evaluation criteria and the relative strengths of decision alternatives. This document is a crash-course in AHP and is designed to help get you making difficult project decisions (particularly package software-related ones) quickly, confidentally and rationally.
Function points are a measure of the size of a software system. To convert function points into levels of effort, the productivity of the enterprise's development teams must be known or estimated. This three-for-one zipped deliverable includes a document explaining function point analysis, instructions on how to apply a function point analysis and a worksheet set up for an Albrecht function point analysis.
Use this tracking sheet in conjunction with the Budget Tracking-Actuals project plan to stay on top of your budget.
Planning business analysis activities helps reduce/eliminate conflicts and problems as BA work progresses and eventually develops into a project. Early planning and revisions will ensure BA plans stay relevant, recognized by stakeholders—and approved. Use this template to guide planning your BA tasks. Adapt this sample to your corporate needs prior to use.
Use this form to document the desired or future state for the business, its current state and identified gaps. An approval process may be instituted for stakeholders to accept this gap analysis/report, with procedures for the BA team to formulate solution options. Adapt this sample to your corporate needs prior to using the template. Use in conjunction with the Business Analysis: Solution Options Report.
Having identified business gaps (i.e., determined shortcomings and designed solutions), present the same as options that may resolve the gaps. This template guides reporting the solution options for deliberation post-gap analysis. Adapt this template to your corporate needs prior to using (e.g., include suggested approach to voting on the solutions). Use in conjunction with the Business Analysis: Gap Analysis Report.
The goal of this business case template is twofold: Clearly explain the project benefit to decision makers; and provide traceable, measurable and consistent data for benefit realization analysis after project implementation. This template has annotated instructions in blue to explain the intent or recommended use of the information. Organizations can adapt the template to their unique structure.
Managing change can be chaotic unless your effort clearly manages the details, and who needs more chaos?
Planning a project necessitates analyzing your client's business and determining system requirements based on business structure. What business areas will be addressed, how do they translate to functionality, and how is that functionality prioritized? Start with an organizational mapping of business areas to functions, like this example from the insurance/finance industry.