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Seven Things You Need to Know About Development Project Estimations

Whether you are a project manager planning for a smooth implementation of a plan or a project sponsor on whose decisions a project depends, you cannot escape from the fact that project estimation is essential to its success. In the first place, there are three basic requirements that a project must satisfy: schedule, budget, and quality. The need to work within these essential project boundaries poses a huge challenge to everyone in the central management team. There are various aspects that affect project estimates, such as team skills and experience levels, available technology, use of full-time or part-time resources, project quality management, risks, iteration, development environment, requirements, and most of all, the level of commitment of all project members. Moreover, project estimations do not need to be too complicated. There are tools, methodologies, ... (more)

Five Ways to Incorporate CMMI with Agile Methods

There is a common misconception that CMMI and Agile are polar opposites. One relies on institutionalization and documentation of processes and methodologies, while the other emphasizes interaction among workers and “working software over comprehensive documentation” (Agile Manifesto). Process documentation and institutionalization is the lifeblood of CMMI, and it is often used in critical software development life cycles. On the other hand, the Agile approach is called into action when a project features incremental changes, particularly those that have not been included in initial requirement documents. There have been criticisms of both, as well: CMMI is used only in security-intensive projects that need massive numbers of workers, layers of procedures, and a rigid development lifecycle. On the other hand, those who implement Agile have been referred to as an und... (more)

Seven Questions to Ask Before Building an IT Strategy

Even as modern economic activities rely heavily on sound IT strategies, many organizations fail to take advantage of the many opportunities that technology can provide. For instance, some types of can improve processes and profit margins. Clearly, there is a gap between the availability of infrastructure, and what enterprises actually need to overhaul at their place of business to benefit cash flow. Before formulating your company's IT strategy, there are a few questions that you should ask. Is the strategy too generic? IT organizations hardly cater to just one type of need, one kind of customer, or one market segment. The IT strategy must have an overall strategy, but it must also feature tactics that are specific to operating and market demands. Even the most successful enterprises know that one size hardly fits all. IT managers, therefore, should consider the u... (more)