Tag: Scope

See Dick See Dick the PM Run

See Dick See Dick the PM Run

See Dick. See Dick run. Run Dick run. See Jane. See Jane run. Run Jane run. You get the idea. When I was in the first grade, those were the first sentences I remember reading.  I remember being frustrated by this because this isn’t really how we talk.  Well, actually, it isn’t how I talk.…

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Satisfying Needed Scope Versus Wants

Satisfying Needed Scope Versus Wants

What is the definition of Requirements Traceability Matrix? It’s a table that links requirements to their origin and traces them throughout the project life cycle.  Not everyone uses them. There are many templates and means to ensure your project meets the requirements.  But I can’t stress enough how important it is to ensure you’re working…

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How To Prevent Your Project From Hemorrhaging

How To Prevent Your Project From Hemorrhaging

This post is in response to a post written by Jennifer Bedell on the PMStudent blog about goldplating. Goldplating is very common in application development and can be very expensive. If you’re dealing with Waterfall, it’s a little more obvious when it’s happening.  Some may argue, but I’ve seen it happen in Agile as well. …

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Free Project Initiation Worksheet

Free Project Initiation Worksheet

When you are about to initiate a new project, you should capture the basics of project information.  If you don’t, you’re walking into a minefield.  Even before you write up a charter, you should be able to answer the following: Problem (or Opportunity) Statement – Describe the business reason(s) for initiating the project, specifically stating…

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Free Total Project Status Report Template

Free Total Project Status Report Template

As I study the collection and reporting of metrics and project statuses, I find many reports just do not deliver what they should. I believe there should be a stand-alone deliverable that a project manager is able to provide to a stakeholder at any time, illustrating the total project status.  I created a report and…

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