Project/Program Management Best Practices for Success in ANY Industry!

Where is our success? Although there has been improvement, over 60% of projects/programs failed and many were canceled in 2003 (see: The Standish Report CHAOS)! Our goal for 2004 and beyond is to contribute to a project/program success rate of 60%+! STOP THE MADNESS – MANAGE AND CONTROL PROJECTS


Best practice processes for project/program success (outline):

  1. Program/Project Management (and Corporate Governance) (Integration)
    • Use of experience and knowledge (integration)
    • Planning and scheduling/WBS (scope/time/costs)
    • Communication planning (Communication)
    • Status & Earned Value Reporting (Communication)
    • Performance (Metrics) Reporting (Communications)
    • Risk identification and management (risks)
    • Project repository/DB (communication/lessons learned/knowledge transfer)
    • Change Management (Integration)
    • Subcontractor/supplier control (procurement)
    • Team Building (Personnel)
  2. Development process (integration/solution/scope)
    • Selection of the appropriate model/technique (e.g. interactive, waterfall, spiral, evolutionary object-oriented, structured)
    • Choosing the appropriate implementation methodology (e.g. MSF, RUP, GXP, DOD-STD 2167 and other standards)
    • Choosing, if necessary, to use Rapid Development
    • Rapid Application Development/Joint Application Development (RAD/JAD)
    • prototypes and models
    • Interviews and moderated sessions
    • cooperation
    • Selection of specialist and project reviews
    • Selection of development and support tools and applications
  3. Configuration Management (Integration/Scope/Control) (described in the book “Software and Firmware Configuration Management”, subtitled “Management Control and Quality”.)
    • configuration identification
    • Configuration control – software/application, firmware (embedded software and systems)
    • Billing of configuration status
    • Configuration Audits
  4. Quality Assurance (Integration/Quality/Control)
    • examination
    • validation
    • Testing

Some of the organizations that support these practices and certifications for their expertise recognized across many industries are: Project Management Institute (PMI), American Management Association (AMA), Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Electronic Industries Association (EIA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Department of Defense (DOD).

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