Category Archives for Quality

Deming’s 14 Points

We’ve previously looked at the Deming Cycle (Plan, Do, Check, Act) for continuous improvement proposed by W. Edwards Deming. Deming also offered 14 principles for the transformation of American business. Deming’s 14 Points can apply at any level within any organization – from a small organization to a large company, or even a business unit […]

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Product Breakdown Structure (PBS)

A Product Breakdown Structure helps us to answer the question, “what are we trying to build?”. They may look identical to a Work Breakdown Structure, but rather than focusing on activities, they focus on what is the product itself. The reason we create a PBS is that as we develop the PBS we may think […]

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Project Assurance | What is Project Assurance?

When you think about a project you have been involved in which failed, the likelihood is that there wasn’t one single catastrophic event that caused the project to fail, and that the project silently and slowly slid towards failure over time. Project assurance can be defined as aiming to ensure a project is delivering what is expected […]

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The Value of Software Architecture

An EPM reader from the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute recently emailed me to tell me about a new paper from the SEI. The paper concerns software architecture, and examines the use of software architecture to achieve three goals: Better quality: delivery of product qualities that fulfill customer needs and expectations. Faster delivery: reduction of unnecessary rework […]

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