Practical quality management for project managers

Project Managers need to practice Quality Management, sometimes with a Quality Manager, and other times on our own. In order to adapt the processes and procedures that ensure a quality product, we need to understand the underlying principles. With some background in Qua ...

Quality management system standards

ISO 9000 standards are good business practices that will improve communications, efficiency, and profits while reducing errors, scrap, and rework.  Two studies have revealed that overall awareness of the ISO 9000 International Quality Managemen ...

Quality Management

Even projects that are delivered within budget and on time are not successful if the quality of the deliverable is poor. Quality management is all about identifying and following quality requirements, auditing the results of quality control measurements and using qualit ...

Earned Value Project Management

Organizations that follow the principles of good Earned Value Management (EVM) create an environment that allows teams to successfully operate and thrive — even in the face of challenges that could negatively impact their projects.  Earned Va ...

Project Estimation with Use Case Points

Object-oriented applications frequently rely on Use Cases to describe the business processes of a software application. Since use cases consist of the strategic goals and scenarios that provide value to a business domain, they can also provide insight into an application’s complexity. De ...

Estimating: the science of uncertainty

Estimation is at the heart of most project disciplines, and project cost and time overruns can often be traced back to inaccurate estimates.Estimation requires human involvement to create a forecast that considers past projects, personal experience, and industry-specific knowledge and ...

Secrets to creating the elusive ‘accurate estimate’

Estimating is an inherently imprecise and difficult process; this article discusses eight tips for creating more accurate estimates: 1) better estimates require better information; 2) never estimate alone, but always involve several people; 3) approximately right is bet ...

Project Schedule Planning Tools & Techniques

The project schedule is the time-based and/or sequenced description of all of the project activities. The time element is one of the triple constraints that every project leader must contend with: scope, schedule, and resources/budget. There are a variety of techniques ...

Practice Standard for Scheduling – 2nd Edition

Effective project scheduling and time management are critical factors in the success or failure of a particular project. And, increasingly project management professionals are responsible for managing a variety of project schedules and timelines.For that reason, Project Management Inst ...