• .NET Testing & ALM

    How to Ensure You Are Doing Proper Acceptance Criteria Testing?

    September 16, 2013 Share
    The importance of requirements Requirements are the lifeblood of the project.  I need to establish first and foremost. Good, detailed requirements will carry the project team through to the end of a successful project more times than not.  And that’s a good thing because more projects actually fail than succeed.  However, weak or incomplete requirements will not – resulting in countless hours of rework, scope creep that can drive any project manager crazy trying to manage and maintain control over, and the potential for many change orders that will upset the most satisfied project customer quickly making them wish they had never brought their project needs to you in ...
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    Project Scope, Schedule, Resources – Pick Two

    September 03, 2013 Share
    In a perfect world we could have anything we want. And that goes with our professional perfect world as well. And in terms of project management, that would mean we could pick what we manage, when we manage, who we manage, what customers we manage projects for, how we manage, what processes we follow and to whom we report project information. Total freedom. As an independent consultant, you get some of those freedoms, but you are still accountable and if you think otherwise, then you’ll soon find yourself with lots of time on your hands and no clients to perform ...
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    3 Keys to Increasing Project Profits. Part 2

    August 16, 2013 Share
    We are now on to Part 2 of this three part series on ways to increase or protect the profitability of the projects we manage. In Part 1 we examined the obvious area of budget management and ways we can handle the project budget, analysis and forecast to protect and possibly even increase the project’s profitability. In this Part 2, I’m going to discuss resource management and ways we can best manage our resource to keep our projects as profitable as possible. In Part 2 of this three-part series on increasing project profitability, we’ll examine the role of effective resource ...
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    3 Keys to Increasing Project Profits

    August 15, 2013 Share
    Through experience I’ve found that project success is usually determined by one or more of three factors – on time delivery, on budget delivery, and overall customer satisfaction (which is often based somewhat on the other two factors and many other things we may or may not be in control of).
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    It Only Takes One Change Order

    If you're like me you hate to give the project customer bad news. Especially if things seem to be going well on the project. If they aren't, then what's one more bit of bad news? You can probably just clump it in with the next round of bad stuff you have to show them or issues you have to bring to their attention. But if the project is running smoothly, then introducing bad news to the customer at any point can be painful...something you wish to avoid if at all possible. Scope issues = be careful However, when you play ...