5 Steps to Document a Process

http://www.projectmanager.com/5-steps-document-process-2.php There are many times where we need to document a process, either for our own management purposes or as part of the project strategy for clients or end users. This is easier said than done, particularly when you need to rely on subject matter experts to help understand the process itself! The following article provides […]

IT Project managment Framework Overview

http://www.pma.doit.wisc.edu/sitemap.html Framework Definition Defines how to manage a project. Classifies and organizes project management concepts and methods. Guides the project manager through project management activities. Contains five project management stages. Each stage includes activity definitions, templates, and examples. Framework Schematic (Text Only) Full View (Contract All) Stage 1: Conceptualize (Print View) Overview Produces a Project […]

Earned Value, Simplified

http://mlflanagan.blogspot.com/2007/03/earned-value-simplified.html Earned Value, Simplified Here are some simple examples on how to do EV: Example 1 – ON TIME: A very simple project, one resource, one task, duration of 80 hours at $85/hour, that completes on time and on budget. Setup: 1. Set up your 2 week project plan with the WBS as usual. 2. […]

What goes into the WBS Part I

http://mlflanagan.blogspot.com/2008/06/what-goes-into-wbs.html Project Managers are sometimes confused on what deliverables to put into their WBS. Is a test environment a deliverable? It seems obvious that yes, the test environment is a deliverable since we need to test, and for that we need a test environment. What about status reports? Suddenly, we’re not sure. Do project planning […]

What Goes into the WBS – Part II

http://mlflanagan.blogspot.com/2008/06/what-goes-into-wbs-part-ii.html There are two schools of thought on what should go into the WBS. One school, possibly the majority, holds that the WBS can contain activities as well as deliverables. Googling for the definition of “WBS” turns up definitions that use words like processes, activities, tasks, subtasks, etc. The other school holds that the WBS […]

WBS

https://itxperiment.wordpress.com/category/cmmi/cmmi-dev/pp/ If you have a work to perform the first thing to do is to create a WBS. A WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) is the complex term for the list of tasks to perform in the frame of a project or a mission. For example, if you have to write a software specification based on […]

Measurement and Analysis – Estimate of attributes

https://itxperiment.wordpress.com/category/cmmi/cmmi-dev/pp/ Once you have written the WBS, the next step consists in estimating the effort required to perform the described tasks. This is often done in two steps since it is not easy to determine directly the effort (or the cost) from the task.  The first step aims defining possible measures that will help in […]

WBS tools

https://itxperiment.wordpress.com/2009/06/14/wbs-tools/ To create a WBS, it can be interesting to use a Mind mapping software. Mind maps are diagrams used to represent information in a graphical structure called map. Softwares permit to create these diagrams. Several products exist in this category, like (see here for the full list): XMind : Based on the Eclipse platform. […]

Notes on the Work Breakdown Structure

http://mlflanagan.blogspot.com/2008/06/notes-on-work-breakdown-structure.html The WBS is a systematic way of decomposing a project into specific deliverables in order to establish a common understanding of project scope. It defines logical relationships between deliverables, and is normally depicted as a hierarchical or outline structure in order to make the relationships clear. It also allows traceability between the project scope […]

Benefits of the Work Breakdown Structure

http://pmtips.net/benefits-work-breakdown-structure/ Wikipedia defines the work breakdown structure, or WBS as it is known, as this: A work breakdown structure (WBS) in project management and systems engineering, is a tool used to define and group a project’s discrete work elements in a way that helps organize and define the total work scope of the project. The […]