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Project Management and Best Practice Processes, In Any Industry

by E.R. Williams

One of the most significant lessons learned going into 2010 is that best (and good) practices are for any industry implementing information technology and system/product development projects. During my career and for the past several years, I have had the opportunity to manage projects in a variety of industries and for a variety of technologies [...]

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Lessons Learned Going Into 2010

by E.R. Williams

With “Recovery” on everyone’s mind, RayAnn thought it would be appropriate to share some lessons learned going into 2010. Document all planned steps/actions in the web development process with input from key stakeholders and project team members. Never rely strictly on a WYSIWYG application (I.E. Macromedia Dreamweaver, Microsoft FrontPage) to complete a web design/development project. [...]

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How do you ensure all deliverables are released and delivered for each process/activity; ensuring accountability for each deliverable when other individuals have responsibility to prepare/author the documentation?

by E.R. Williams

Project Close Out – Project Deliverables and the Close Out Letter A restatement from Project Management Lessons Learned. Conducting project close out: Ensure that (not limited to or in a particular order): A project close out meeting is conducted with the customer/client to define that all close out criteria have been satisfied (financial included) Any [...]

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Program and Project Success is about Team Success and Lessons Learned

by E.R. Williams

2009 is at an end and 2010 has begun with a lot of activity. What lessons learned will we take into 2010 and into the 21st century? September 11, 2001 (9/11) and some other unethical business activities have affected industries recovery but we all realize that before 9/11 many businesses were having some financial difficulties, mergers and lay [...]

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Quality of Life, Quality of the Project

by E.R. Williams

Your quality of life is just as important as the quality of the project. I have spoken and heard from many individuals over the past year, and I don’t know if it’s a sign of the times but there are those that have been affected physically and mentally. The Stress and the unknowns (distress of [...]

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Unclear Development Processes and Methodologies

by E.R. Williams

There are many methodologies for IT development and implementation projects (hundreds, because many companies have their own “flavor” of a methodology or two, and maybe several) but they all should have/contain basic processes/activities: feasibility/initiation; planning; requirements analysis; design (Architecture/Detail Design); implementation/construction/build/test (unit, integration, functional\\(capability/qualification; system test (stress, functional, performance, volume, etc.); user acceptance test; operational [...]

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There are a Variety of Specifications Presented Throughout the Industry to Capture Requirements.

by E.R. Williams

The requirements document (specification), the result of analysis, sets the stage for the entire and/or any process/phase/activity (design, implementation, etc.) within the development process or life cycle. It is a configuration identification document as well as the design specification/document. The requirements document contains functional/capability, design, interface, data, and other product (software/application/system) requirements. Although it is [...]

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“The process to find another job has taken longer than I anticipated. I have almost terminated or stopped my search efforts.”

by E.R. Williams

We have all been there before but when you go through it, it becomes a very personal thing. One thing I do know, you can’t give up on your search activities. Your positive efforts, no matter when or how long it takes through these times, will prepare you to take that next positive step forward. [...]

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Health Check – The 2010 Impact

by E.R. Williams

“A Restatement” Going into 2010 we still have many concerns that are impacting our lives (individuals and families), our communities, businesses and the IT industry: mergers, the fluctuating stock market, national and international security, continued business financial difficulties and unmet profit margins, layoffs, and regulations’ (i.e., CFR 21, part 11and HIPAA) requirements issued for the [...]

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Documenting Lessons Learned

by E.R. Williams

Documenting lessons learned. It’s a day to day attitude and activity. Based on the number of failed IT projects for the past decade it seems that transfer of knowledge and feeding back (sharing) lessons learned, did not take place. Frequently we see lessons learned not identified, discussed, documented and archived on a continuous or daily [...]

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