On Requirements and Test Cases

This month, I want to shed a little more light on requirements and test cases. The general consensus seems to be that requirements, at least, should be 100% complete early on in the project, but that is not always the case. Both test cases and requirements are continually refined as we learn more about the […]

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Good Questions Lead to Good Ideas

This month I’m including a follow-up post to the one from February, Why Do We Need QA Involved So Early….  This talks about more questions that testers can ask, but these questions are not just limited to testers. These are questions that all stakeholders should be thinking about. As stated in the What is QA […]

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Best Practices

I have seen a lot of confusion around the term, “best Practices” lately. In testing, this confusion usually results in many hours of unnecessary work, which also results in project delays. When project groups are asking for best practices in a new process, what they are really asking for is how other universities are doing […]

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Why Do We Need QA Involved So Early in the Project?

Yes it is necessary! Early on in my role as QA Analyst, I saw first hand the pitfalls of getting QA involved in a project too late. After all, it’s common knowledge that testing is not needed until the end of the project… Right?   Wrong!  The project was about 75% complete when I came on […]

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9 Steps to Managing Project Risk

Happy New Year! One of the biggest challenges facing technology projects is risk. Risk is an inherent and unavoidable part of taking on a project, but it can be managed. This post from the LiquidPlanner blog highlights 9 steps that can help manage risks (and uncover potential opportunities!) in your next project.  

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The 5 Biggest Project Management Trends Shaping 2018

  Happy Spring! This month’s post comes to us from the folks at Capterra, and discusses the five biggest trends that are shaping project management in 2018. Some are new, and some extend from processes and methodologies that gained some significant traction through 2016 and 2017.

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The Value of Lessons Learned

Every project encounters challenges. How the team handles them, and what they learn, can be a valuable tool for future projects if it is leveraged properly. This months post comes to us from Kenneth Darter over at Project Smart. He discusses proper methods to document Lessons Learned in your project (both positive and negative), when […]

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Project Change Management

It’s February, and the change of seasons is fast approaching, so now seemed like a great time to talk about Change Management. Change management is a complex, and often overlooked, component of projects. It’s critical, however, to understand that change must be managed since it is an inherent part of every project. This piece from […]

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13 Project Management Terms You Should Know

Happy New Year! This month’s post is an “infographic” provided by Taskworld, and it gives explanations for thirteen common Project Management terms. Many of these are common sense, and if you’ve worked on a project you’ve probably heard them (especially from your PM!) That said, you may not have, and it’s a handy primer that […]

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7 Questions To Ask About Your Project Scope

  This month’s article comes from the PMTIPS blog, and focuses on some key questions your team should ask when defining the scope of your project. One of the first things to do when you start a new project is to work out what it actually involves. As well as all the workshops about requirements […]

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