Now updated! Statistical PERT is an estimation technique that project professionals use to align expectations and make better business decisions. Use Statistical PERT to create a probabilistic forecast for many project uncertainties, such as how much the project will cost, or how long the project will take to deliver. Statistical PERT easily models a wide variety of uncertainties using built-in statistical functions inside Microsoft Excel, making estimation easy to do—even for people who don't like statistics.
While numerous key performance indicators (KPIs) typically influence IT projects generally, the benefit of tracking all of them may be outweighed by the cost to do so. Therefore, each project must carefully select and manage those KPIs most relevant to its specific situation. This sample template can be used to define KPIs; also included is a table with examples of possible KPIs for each of the previously defined project-critical success factors (PCSFs) and a metric (measure and dimension) for each KPI. Use in conjunction with the article Determining IT Project Health.
Here is everything you need for a software development project, from planning through close-out.
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Intelligent project management requires getting a handle on risks and constraints.
There are numerous project management programs out there, ranging from simple scheduling programs to bloated behemoths that do everything but tap dance at the company picnic and wash windows in the corporate boardroom. Which one is right for your project management needs?
Matching people and skills to your project is tricky. Use this worksheet and checklist to help plan your resource requirements.
Putting together a proposal requires a great deal of coordination. This handy checklist will help you keep everything straight.