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  • IS5540 Project Management & Quality Assurance

    Week 7 - Project Quality ManagementSchwalbe: Managing Information Technology Projects, Chapter 8

    Adapted by Janet Yu, Frank Lo

    Information Technology Project Management, Fifth Edition, Copyright 2007

  • PMI Framework: 9 Knowledge Areas*People

    Information Technology Project Management, Fifth Edition, Copyright 2007

  • Learning ObjectivesDefine project quality management and understand how quality relates to various aspects of information technology projectsUnderstand quality planning and the components of a Quality Assurance / Management PlanDescribe what quality assurance isDescribe what quality control isUnderstand the tools and techniques for quality control, such as Pareto analysis, statistical sampling, Six Sigma, quality control charts, and testing*

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  • What Is Project Quality?The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) defines quality as the degree to which a set of inherent characteristics fulfills requirements (ISO9000:2000)Other experts define quality based on:Conformance to requirements: the projects processes and products meet written specificationsFitness for use: a product can be used as it was intended*

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  • What Is Project Quality Management?Project quality management ensures that the project will satisfy the needs for which it was undertakenProcesses include:Plan quality: identifying which quality standards are relevant to the project and how to satisfy themPerform quality assurance: periodically evaluating overall project performance to ensure the project will satisfy the relevant quality standardsPerform quality control: monitoring specific project results to ensure that they comply with the relevant quality standards*

    Information Technology Project Management, Fifth Edition, Copyright 2007

  • Quality PlanningQuality is planned, designed, and built-in. Quality is not inspected in.*

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  • The Cost of QualityTotal cost to produce the product or service of the project according to the quality standardsThe cost of quality is the cost of conformance plus the cost of nonconformanceConformance means delivering products that meet requirements and fitness for useCost of nonconformance means taking responsibility for failures or not meeting quality expectationsThere is no free lunch!

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  • Cost of QualityPrevention costsKeeping defects out of the hands of customersIncludes things like quality planning, training, design reviews

    Appraisal costsExpended to examine the product or process and make certain the requirements are being metLike inspection and testing, buying test equipment*

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  • Cost of QualityFailure costsWhat it costs when things dont go according to plan2 typesInternal failure costproduct is still in the control of the organizationInclude corrective action, rework, scrapping and downtimeExternal failure costProduct has reached the customerInclude inspections at the customer site, returns, and customer service costs*

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  • Plan Quality*

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  • Plan QualityWhat quality standard?How to achieve that?TrainingWalkthroughsReviewsQuality auditsHow to make things better process improvement?Who is responsible for what?Project managers are ultimately responsible for quality management on their projects

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  • How Do you Measure Quality of IT Systems?No. of bugsPerformance Response timeVolume of data and transactions system should be capable of handlingUsabilityReliabilityThe ability of a product or service to perform as expected under normal conditionsAvailabilityMean time between failure (MTBF), mean time to recover (MTTR)*

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  • Quality Assurance/Management Plan-Sample*1.0 Draft Quality Assurance Plan1.1 Introduction1.2 Purpose1.3 Policy Statement1.4 Scope2.0 Management2.1 Organizational Structure2.2 Roles and Responsibilities2.2.1 Technical Monitor/Senior Management2.2.2 Task Leader2.2.3 Quality Assurance Team2.2.3 Technical Staff3.0 Required Documentation4.0 Quality Assurance Procedures4.1 Walkthrough Procedure4.2 Review Process4.2.1 Review Procedures4.3 Audit Process4.3.1 Audit Procedures4.4 Evaluation Process4.5 Process Improvement5.0 Problem Reporting Procedures5.1 Noncompliance Reporting Procedures6.0 Quality Assurance Metrics Focus on these things in your report

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  • Perform Quality Assurance*

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  • Perform Quality AssuranceDetermining whether standards are being metIdentifying improvementsE.g. recommend certain practices or equipmentFocus on the process

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  • Tools Used in Quality AssuranceBenchmarkingcomparing specific project practices or product characteristics to those of other projects or products within or outside the performing organization Quality auditSee if you are complying with the standards and proceduresCan be done by internal staff (e.g. from QA department) or outsiderCan be scheduled or ad-hoc

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  • Perform Quality Control*

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  • Perform Quality ControlLooks at specific measurements to see if project and its processes are in controlStudy the product/result*

    Information Technology Project Management, Fifth Edition, Copyright 2007

  • Basic Tools of QualityCause & Effect DiagramControl ChartRun ChartScatter DiagramHistogramPareto DiagramFlowchart*

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  • Cause-and-Effect DiagramsCause-and-effect diagrams trace complaints about quality problems back to the responsible production operationsThey help you find the root cause of a problemAlso known as fishbone or Ishikawa diagrams*

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  • Figure 8-2: Sample Cause-and-Effect Diagram*

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  • Quality Control ChartsA control chart is a graphic display of data that illustrates the results of a process over timeThe main use of control charts is to prevent defects, rather than to detect or reject themQuality control charts allow you to determine whether a process is in control or out of control*

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  • The Seven Run RuleYou can use quality control charts and the seven run rule to look for patterns in dataThe seven run rule states that ifseven data points in a row are all below the mean, above the mean, or are all increasing or decreasingthen the process needs to be examined for nonrandom problems*

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  • Figure 8-3: Sample Quality Control Chart*

  • Run ChartA run chart displays the history and pattern of variation of a process over timeIt is a line chart that shows data points plotted in the order in which they occurCan be used to perform trend analysis to forecast future outcomes based on historical patterns*

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  • Figure 8-4: Sample Run Chart*

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  • Scatter DiagramA scatter diagram helps to show if there is a relationship between two variablesThe closer data points are to a diagonal line, the more closely the two variables are related*

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  • Figure 8-5: Sample Scatter Diagram*

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  • HistogramsA histogram is a bar graph of a distribution of variablesEach bar represents an attribute or characteristic of a problem or situation, and the height of the bar represents its frequency*

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  • Figure 8-6: Sample Histogram*

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  • Pareto ChartsA Pareto chart is a histogram that can help you identify and prioritize problem areasPareto analysis is also called the 80-20 rule, meaning that 80 percent of problems are often due to 20 percent of the causes

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  • Figure 8-7: Sample Pareto Chart*

  • FlowchartsFlowcharts are graphic displays of the logic and flow of processes that help you analyze how problems occur and how processes can be improvedThey show activities, decision points, and the order of how information is processed*

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  • Figure 8-8: Sample Flowchart*

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