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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Requirements Gathering 101

This month’s post comes by way of Duncan Haughey from ProjectSmart. Duncan provides some important (and often overlooked) rules for requirements gathering, which is a key component of any project’s success.   Requirements gathering is an essential part of any project and project management. Understanding fully what a project will deliver is critical to its […]

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Test Strategy Versus Test Plan

This month’s post is courtesy of the Center for Testing Excellence. Testing is a key part of nearly every successful project. But do you know the difference between a testing strategy and a test plan? This article provides some great detail in defining the roles of both.   Test Strategy A Test Strategy document is […]

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What Are Phase Gates?

This month’s post comes from the folks over at MindTools, and discusses the use of “Phase Gates” as they relate to project management.   What Is A Phase Gate and How Do I Use One? For all but the smallest projects, experienced project managers use well-established project management methodologies. These are often published systems – […]

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Application of Project Management in Higher Education

This month’s post is a deep dive into the opportunities and challenges of project management (and establishing PMO’s) in HEI’s (Higher Education Institutions). Based on a study held at Drexel University, this paper by Chanelle Austin and Winifred Browne uncovers some insights about the adoption value and strategic application of project management at Universities. It […]

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We Have Moved

October 25, 2018

Welcome to the QA Blog!

We have moved our Quality Assurance blog from the QA website to the new PMO website as part of ITS!

The QA group is now a member of the ITS – Project Management Office (PMO), and is dedicated to providing testing services for all software projects within the (PMO). Among other things, these testing services include test planning, determining test strategies, exploring the user’s needs, and reporting issues effectively.

Everyone has heard of Quality Assurance, but there are many differing opinions on what it really is. And just as many questions; such as…

  • What is Quality Assurance?
  • Why do we need it?
  • Can we really assure the quality of anything?

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HuskyBuy

August 20, 2018

We are pleased to announce the full campus go-live for the new HuskyBuy system! (more…)

New Site Launched

We are proud to announce the launch of our new website. Built on the the university Aurora service, this new version of our site sports a modern look, faster loading times, and works on all mobile and tablet devices.

The Value of Lessons Learned

March 1, 2018

image of lessons learned note

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 to document, and how to bring that knowledge forward to run future projects more effectively in your organization.

Are you using Lessons Learned to their best effectiveness in your project?

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Project Change Management

February 5, 2018

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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 The Balance gives a nice in-depth overview with clear examples of how PM’s navigate and manage formal (and informal) changes on their projects.

See you in the Spring.

13 Project Management Terms You Should Know

January 2, 2018

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 all project team members should be familiar with. Communication is a huge part of project management, and if your entire project team is “speaking the same language” and familiar with common expressions, it can increase their chances for success.

 

Heuristics and Oracles

December 21, 2017

These terms are being thrown around a lot lately in the testing community, and they can cause some confusion the first time you hear them being used in this context. They definitely confused me the first time I heard them, so I will attempt to provide some clarification in this post.

What are heuristics and oracles, and why should you learn more about them?

I have found that heuristics and oracles provide a great starting point for testing, especially when little is known about the product, and they frequently result in more thorough tests. They also help to label methods and processes that would otherwise be difficult to explain. Labeling these processes makes it easier to improve them. But what are they…?  (more…)