Conducting a Security Audit

What is a Security Audit?You may see the phrase ""penetration test"" used interchangeably with the phrase ""computer security audit"". They are not the same thing. A penetration test (also known as a pen-test) is a very narrowly focused attempt to look for security holes in a critical ...

Quality management for large software development programs

Quality Management is an important element of an organization's overall project management system. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) defines Project Quality Management as the processes required to ensure that the project will satisfy the needs for which it ...

Quality Assurance Vs Quality Control

Quality Assurance and Quality Control are more confusing terminology in software testing. Most often people find them difficult to explain.Quality Assurance and Quality Control are two interrelated, but different activities used to ensure quality of the software product. Also, it makes ...

Sakichi Toyoda and the Five Whys Root Cause Analysis

Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of Toyota Motor Company, is considered one of the greatest if not the greatest inventor of Japan and the father of Japanese Industrialization. His impact on the world should not be underestimated. As with most historical figures, our tasks are different because ...

Cost of Quality: Not Only Failure Costs

When calculating the business case for a Six Sigma project, the cost of poor quality (COPQ), which is the cost caused through producing defects, is a commonly used concept. Within the total amount of quality cost, however, COPQ represents only a certain proportion. Costs do not result from ...

Understanding the value of project management

First steps on an international investigation in search of valueOrganizations investing in project management need to be assured of a concrete return. Without the ability to clearly define its value, project management joins the long line of initiatives (i.e., TQM, information systems, ...

Advances in earned schedule and earned value management

Earned value management (EVM) is a powerful methodology that gives executives, project managers, and other stakeholders the ability to visualize project status throughout the project life cycle and consequently manage projects, programs, and portfolios more effectively. The earned schedule ...

Performance measurement

An index approach for federal agenciesA performance measurement index provides an innovative approach for federal agencies to focus on performance improvement in accordance with guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).Deloitte’s Performance Measurement Index requi ...

EVM–a disciplined approach to project management

This paper describes how earned value management (EVM) is a by-product of employing a disciplined approach to project management. Following the Knowledge Areas in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), the authors discuss each technique or step that they emplo ...