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Improve project efficiency and effectiveness by dealing with quality part 2

OK, so once you have defined the quality activities required for each deliverable, you are now in a position to start identifying quality requirements for the deliverables – hardware, software, documents, scripts. This is where many projects really fall down … Continue reading

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Improve project efficiency and effectiveness by dealing with quality – Part 1

Despite industry efforts over decades of work, many projects and project managers have difficulties in managing quality. Quality management as a discipline has been with us for a long time.  The two best known project management methods – PMBOK and … Continue reading

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Peer Reviews Improve Product Quality and Project Delivery

Shock! They actually work! Peer reviews are an effective tool to improve the quality of deliverables – be they documents, code, tests, presentations, etc.  Yet they are still not used in many companies. Why not? People don’t have the “time” … Continue reading

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Review Relevance and Fade Part 2

As I mentioned last time, reviews need preventive maintenance to ensure they remain effective and useful to the business.  By setting someone as a responsible for the review improvement action, you cam eliminate the problem of everyone caring, no one … Continue reading

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Peer Review Relevance and Fade

Just finished conducting a short course on peer reviews, inspections and walkthroughs.  A very interesting question was asked about the “quality fade” effect on reviews. This is a summary of how I responded: After peer reviews, inspections, walkthroughs (and various … Continue reading

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10 Steps To Better Project Reviews/Retrospectives

One of the more common aspects of projects that are often skimmed over too quickly is that of project reviews – also called project post-mortems, post-project reviews, post implementation reviews and Agile Retrospectives.  It is often scheduled to occur at … Continue reading

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A Software Process Improvement Portfolio

Subsequent to my previous post, I thought we could clarify some issues using a Software Process Improvement Portfolio approach.  As noted earlier many methods appear to extol the same virtues and build up a strawman of other methods to differentiate … Continue reading

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