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Electronic Newsletter                 Issue 2004-01

 

January 2004

In this issue Striking Statistic, Timely Tip, Computer Clue, Group Gathering and Quick Quote

 

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Striking Statistic

According to the Standish Group, 31% of software projects are cancelled before ever reaching the customer,  while 53% cost 189% or more of their original budgets. Some experts believe that 40%-60% of software defects and failures are due to bad requirements.

HELP us gather more project management and problem solving related stats, click here to select and complete surveys.

Timely Tip

The project specification, sometimes referred to as a requirements document, takes the project objective and then builds detail text of what the outcome of the project will look likeFrom a well-written specification, the project manager can get a better idea of what type of resources are necessary in order to come up with a more accurate plan for the project.  If the project manager does not know how to create a specification or is unsure of what things should be in a specification, consulting with  someone who has experience in similar projects for help is recommended.  The project specification is the key to successful planning and implementation completion, therefore it needs to be as correct as possible. 

 

Computer Clue

Use a good word processing application to outline and then write a project specification.  A clear specification with headings can make it easier for project team members to find the section that applies to their portion of the work.  It also makes and excellent detailed checklist for the customer of the project to use to verify that all requirements have been spelled-out before planning budgets and schedules is done.  A good budget and schedule are important elements in project planning and implementation.  Excellent tools exist that make this part of project planning easier too.

 

Click here for detailed PC hints on-line.

 

Group Gathering  (NEW)

An activity or icebreaker before a group starts work at a meeting, after a break, or during a celebration can help everyone to get better acquainted and draw closer as a team.  A well-known icebreaker has each member of the group complete a pre-selected sentence with a story from their personal experience or desire.  Here are some popular ideas for the sentence beginning:

  • The best job I ever had was...

  • If I could do anything I wanted, I would ...

  • The worst project I ever worked on was...

  • My ideal job would be ...

  • The riskiest thing I ever did was...

If using this icebreaker as a "getting to know you better" verses  "getting acquainted", be sure to have members state 1-2 reasons why they said what they said.  These whys can give some insight on possible turn-on or turnoffs for each individual.

 Click here for additional activities on-line.

Quick Quote

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Overview Options

 

These are inexpensive one hour overview sessions that will present concepts typically delivered in 1/2 day to full day courses.  To find out what people have said about the presenter, click here.

 

 

Project Management

February 24, 2004

7:00 P.M. to 8:00 PM

Lewisville High School

1098 West Main St.

Lewisville, TX 

Class Code:  03-04WB14

 

 

Work Smarter (Solving Problems Series)

  • Problem Solving - March 2

  • Generating Ideas - Mar. 30

  • Decision Making - April 27

7:00 P.M. to 8:00 PM

Lewisville High School

1098 West Main St.

Lewisville, TX

Class Code:  03-04WB19

 

 

The 36-Hour Day

(Getting Organized Series)

  • Managing Time - March 9

  • Conquering Clutter - Apr.6

  • Manage Meetings -May 11

7:00 P.M. to 8:00 PM

Lewisville High School

1098 West Main St.

Lewisville, TX 

Class Code:  03-04WB18

 

 

To register for any of the above overviews,  contact the LISD office at 972-219-0086. 

 

For full class session descriptions,

click here.

 

 

For more information

on how these topics  may help you or your organization,

call Shirley at

214-457-5736.