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Powerful Estimating Techniques and Methods

Options for Issue Log

Details of Issue Log will depend on intended audience and general communication needs of project.

Let's take a look at the available tool options for our Issue Log. The most popular options are word processor, spreadsheet, database, and collaboration/workflow tools. There are advantages to each and each can be appropriate in the right scenario. Table 13.2 provides a comparison summary for our Issue Log options.

Table 13.2. Comparison of Issue Log Options

Options

Pros

Cons

Best Scenario

Word processor

Low cost

Simple

Portable "quick and dirty"

Limited filtering, reporting capabilities

Limited access, visibility

Cumbersome as log grows

Manual processes needed

Cost is key factor

Team is co-located

Only one person needs to update log

Collaboration needs are minimal

Low complexity level in issues tracked

Spreadsheet

Low cost

Simple

Leverage sorting, filtering, and reporting capabilities of spreadsheet pgm

Portable

Limited access, visibility

Cumbersome as log grows

Manual processes needed

Cost is key factor

Team is co-located

Only one person needs to update log

Collaboration needs are minimal

Some need for sorting and filtering of data

Database

Allows for multi-user updates

Better data relationships

Better reporting

Enforce process and business rules

Increased setup and admin time

Increased costs

Not as portable

Training may be needed

Many team members need to have access and update capabilities

Collaboration Tools

Web-enabled

All advantages of database tool

Map process flow

Automatic notifications

Increased setup and admin time

Increased costs

Training may be needed

Workflow process is more involved

Team is distributed, virtual

Communication needs are non-trivial

caution

These are the issue types that tend to linger and that can come back to bite you. Take charge of these right away.


Part i. Project Management Jumpstart

Project Management Overview

The Project Manager

Essential Elements for any Successful Project

Part ii. Project Planning

Defining a Project

Planning a Project

Developing the Work Breakdown Structure

Estimating the Work

Developing the Project Schedule

Determining the Project Budget

Part iii. Project Control

Controlling a Project

Managing Project Changes

Managing Project Deliverables

Managing Project Issues

Managing Project Risks

Managing Project Quality

Part iv. Project Execution

Leading a Project

Managing Project Communications

Managing Expectations

Keys to Better Project Team Performance

Managing Differences

Managing Vendors

Ending a Project





Absolute Beginner[ap]s Guide to Project Management
Absolute Beginner[ap]s Guide to Project Management
ISBN: 078973821X
EAN: N/A
Year: 2006
Pages: 169
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