The Fairest Metric of All


By Kevin Korterud We often rely on a number of different metrics to help create insights into our true project progress. These can range from discrete indicators, such as schedule performance index, to more subjective measures, such as forecasting completion dates based on prior experience on similar projects. I am asked on regular basis which project…

New Age Requirements Capturing Methodologies- Are Requirement Documents Dead?


Written by  Shyam Nandan OVERVIEW: ARE REQUIREMENT DOCUMENTS DEAD? Let me put it this way “Do users actually read the requirement documents to use it in the manner it is intended for?” In this generation of Agile, SCRUM and other faster than ever technologies, do you still have the burden of creating a functional specification document…

4 Reasons Why Decision-Making is Slow


Sometimes on a project all you want is a quick decision so you can get things moving again. When an issue needs your project sponsor to make a decision, or a stakeholder has to make the call about a particular piece of functionality, decisions keep the project flowing. Without decisions, your project team ends up…

Key Content for Project Kickoffs


By Kiron D. Bondale Holding a formal project kickoff is generally considered to be a good way to get everyone aligned to a set of common goals and practices at the start of a project. I’ve always found the word kickoff to be somewhat inaccurate as that brings to mind the organized chaos which ensues…

7 Business Analyst Lessons From The Godfather


Written by  Bruce Harpham Business analysts have plenty to learn from “The Godfather.” Whether you’re the head of the Corleone crime family or leading an IT project, analysts and mobsters have a lot in common. Don Vito Corleone may not have used Excel and Microsoft Project, but he knew a lot about delivering projects and getting…

A Key to Innovation


By Samuel Greengard Innovation is a funny thing. It takes guts to take a chance. Hence, we watch the same boring plots in movies over and over again. We see the same mediocre products recycled and reincarnated ad infinitum. Companies eke out enough profits until they don’t. This continues until someone pushes forward with a semi-original idea.…

Remedies: Prevention is better than cure


CYBERSPACE WILL NEVER be completely secure. The threats posed by what Sir David Omand, an academic and former head of Britain’s GCHQ intelligence agency, calls “the cesspit of modernity”—online crime, espionage, sabotage and subversion—are not going to disappear. Nor is the temptation for governments to treat the internet as a new combat zone, alongside land,…