Developing the Team

March 11, 2010
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Despite all the high technology tools, material and and other resources you have available, it is the human resources that makes all the difference to a project. Thus their skills and other competence they have and how well they fit are important considerations prior to their induction into the team. Having been inducted into...

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Being proactive

March 10, 2010
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A project management portfolio of responsibilities for the project manager includes just about everything about keeping the project on track. That needs very accurate planning of actions that are required over the life span of the project. Thereafter you need to continuously monitor the actual performance for any significant deviation from the baseline as...

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Integrity, professionalism

March 9, 2010
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Introduction Project manager’s job is not an easy one. There are a whole range of issues that a project manager has to manage. But carrying out all of these responsibilities what is required of a project manager is that he act with integrity in everything he does and personally he is through professional. Integrity...

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Being Ethical

March 8, 2010
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Being Ethical

A quick reference was made to ethics and for the project manager to be ethical when discussing the professional responsibility of integrity and professionalism. Ethics is a strong component of being a professional. A project manager is under tremendous pressures to meet is diverse responsibilities in a project. It will be easy to be...

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Inspections, Sampling, & other tools

December 9, 2009
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Inspections, Sampling, & other tools

We discuss here the balance of the two of Ishikawa’s seven tools of quality and a few more of tools and techniques used in QC processes. Statistical sampling, inspection and review of approved change requests are the other tools & techniques used in QC processes and are discussed here. Run charts are similar to...

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QC Tools & Techniques

December 7, 2009
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QC Tools & Techniques

There are about ten tools that has been indicated as useful in the PMBOK, for the QC process. The first seven tools are also known as Ishikawa’s seven basic tools of quality. In this part 1 of the articles on QC tools and techniques, the five tools out of the seven are discussed. The...

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Perform Quality control

December 6, 2009
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Perform Quality control

Quality control measures are to be carried out throughout the project. As you carry out these planned measures/measurements/inspections you need to record the outcomes. The activities under the quality control head helps you asses the performance and recommend necessary changes, if any. Like any other process you take a set of inputs, process them...

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Perform Quality Assurance – III

December 5, 2009
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Tools & techniques used in the perform quality control and the quality audit and the process analysis techniques will be discussed in this part 2 article. Techniques in the perform QC These include cause & effect diagrams, control charts, flowcharting, histogram, Pareto chart, run chart, scatter diagram, statistical sampling, inspections and approved change requests...

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Perform Quality Assurance II

December 4, 2009
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Quality audits and Process analysis are common tools and techniques used in the perform QA process. Tools techniques used in the plan QA and perform QC processes are also used. In this part 1 of review of the tools & techniques, we shall review the tools & techniques used in the plan quality. Balance...

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Perform Quality Assurance

December 3, 2009
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One significant aspect of project management is the act of making sure that each and every item is produced according to rigid quality standards. Underlying basis being if these standards are adhered to and close control of processes used are maintained, quality of the output item can be assured. Audit of QA processes and...

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Process Improvement Plan

December 2, 2009
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Process Improvement Plan

Process improvement plan is part of the overall project management plan. That the process quality can take care of the quality of the output and continuous improvement is necessary to zero in on quality targets; are well known principles. Thus a plan for improving the process in use has to be constantly looked at...

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Quality Metrics & Quality Checklist

December 1, 2009
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Quality Metrics & Quality Checklist

Quality metrics and checklists are two useful tools that can be used to ensure that the product, process or the project quality is being met. Metric provide you with some hard numbers that are related to quality being achieved. Quality control will need to carry out periodical inspections, measure these metrics and report if...

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Quality Management Plan

November 30, 2009
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Quality Management Plan

Quality management plan is the document that outlines the way the organization’s quality policy will be implemented. This has work in conjunction with the overall project management plan, of course. Quality control, quality assurance and continuous improvement plans are the inputs to the overall project plan that must come from the quality management plan....

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Sampling & Flowcharting

November 29, 2009
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Statistical sampling and flowcharting are two more important tools in the arsenal of tools & techniques to be used for planning for quality. Sampling involves carrying out inspections on a small subset of a population of items/components or measurements carried out to find the state of health of the manufacturing or other processes as...

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Design Of Experiments

November 28, 2009
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Design Of Experiments

DOE is a systematic statistical tool. It allows a set of experiments used to determine the relationship between different factors affecting a process and the output of the process. A set of tests are designed that change input variables in a planned manner. This will typically include a group of variable that are known...

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Control Charts

November 27, 2009
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Control Charts

Control charts are tools that help determine if a process being monitored with the help of a given chart is stable or not. Stability is defined by the fact that the data points are within some given limits. The theoretical basis is the fact that if a process for some activity is within control...

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Cost of Quality

November 26, 2009
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Cost of Quality

Tool and techniques used to arrive at an effective quality management plan needs to take into account the cost of quality. It is the cost of doing all the management functions related to quality. But those are not the only costs related to quality. There’s a range of costs that happens if quality requirements...

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