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Lists of the sources of project failure are easy to come by. The attributes needed for project success are harder

Lists of the sources of project failure are easy to come by. The attributes needed for project success are harder

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  • 1. + Project Success Assessment There are many lists describing the reasons for project failure.That’s an easy to do. Assuring the success of an IT project is much harder.This success starts with assessing the capabilities of the project delivery process and participants
  • 2. Copyright ©, 2014, Niwot Ridge LLC, Performance-Based Project Management® + Organization !  Are the required program management functions identified and is an adequate Program Management Plan in place? !  Are the key members of the performing organization identified and in place and committed? !  Do the key members of the performing organization have the right experience to be successful? !  Has an organization structure been established that can successfully execute project? !  Is there evidence of good communication with the customer regarding project status, open actions, and closure plans? 2/7
  • 3. Copyright ©, 2014, Niwot Ridge LLC, Performance-Based Project Management® + Requirements !  Are the customers requirements clear, complete and well documented? !  Is the level of detail of the requirements appropriate to the project and schedule? !  Is there a shared understanding on the requirements? !  Is there a plan for dealing with changes in the requirements? !  Is the Concept of Operations of the resulting software developed and validated by the user community? !  Is the proposed solution traceable to the customer’s requirements? 3/7
  • 4. Copyright ©, 2014, Niwot Ridge LLC, Performance-Based Project Management® + Project Plans !  Is an adequate plan in place for staffing the project in a timely manner with the needed talent? !  Is an appropriate set of integrated techncial, schedule and cost baselines in place? !  Are adequate test plans and independent test organization in place or planned? !  Does the proposed test approach include proven test elements? !  Have all test facilities, qualified personnel, and equipment required for this project been identified or planned? !  Has an adequate Performance Measurement Baseline been established? 4/7
  • 5. Copyright ©, 2014, Niwot Ridge LLC, Performance-Based Project Management® + Product and Project Risk !  Is an adequate process in place for managing techncial risks? !  Have risk handling activities been addressed in the master schedule and basis of estimate? !  Has the risk of achieving what the customer wants been qualified? !  Has a programmatic performance assessment plan been developed? !  Is there an adequate basis of estimate, supported by history? !  Is there budget, supported by history to find, track and fix errors introduced during development? !  Does the quality assurance organization have adequate authority and reporting independence to ensure the project conforms to its specifications? 5/7
  • 6. Copyright ©, 2014, Niwot Ridge LLC, Performance-Based Project Management® + Schedule Risk !  Is there an Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) that describes all the deliverables, staffing, and risk mitigation activities? !  Have the probabilistic critical path(s) been identified? !  Are there risk handling plans for the critical path items? !  Is the amount of work on the critical path(s) realistic? !  Does the IMS show dependencies between the critical project elements? !  Does the IMS provide adequate margin and slack? !  Does the IMS show all key milestones? !  Are startup inefficiencies addressed in the IMS? 27 Nov 06 6/7
  • 7. Copyright ©, 2014, Niwot Ridge LLC, Performance-Based Project Management® + Quality Assurance !  Is there evidence that a Quality Assurance organization is in place for this project? !  Does the Quality Assurance organization have authority and reporting independence to ensure the deliverables conform to their specifications? !  Is there an independent quality function? !  Have adequate resources been identified and funded to provide Quality Assurance 7/7