Project Review Methodology

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Is anyone aware of a well documented/respected methodology for performing a project review. ie which stakeholders should be questioned, how, and what conclusions can be drawn. I am looking for a repeatable best-practice approach that has some big industry names associated if possible. TIA

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Hi – have you checked out the RUP methodology by IBM? It’s popular within IT industries, and you can find out more about the concepts at the Rational website:

http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/websphere/library/techarticles/0306_perks/perks2.html

We involve the entire project team in a project implementation review process. This way you get an honest review of what went well and what didn’t.

Hope this helps,
Cheers.

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  • Cwedgwood50
    Hi Thanks, that is a very nice site. I'm not sure it solves my immediate problem though. What I am looking for is a best practice way to conduct a review of the whole project, as if done by an outside consultant, not just an internal review of the code. We recently had such a review inflicted on us, but the consultant took most of his time talking to management who are not directly connected to the project at all, didn't even look at the code and then came back with all sorts of conclusions that I don't think he could have had the information to make. If I could find the stages that should be taken in some sort of industry standard procedure, I can highlight the ones he did not follow correctly. We are happy with our code but we are not happy with our managers:) Thanks
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  • Cleong
    Hi - the following sites maybe helpful for what you're looking for that is project-driven: www.pmi.org (PMBOK standard) http://www.psaproject.com.au/project/project-management-methodology.asp (good site example of PMBOK model and project evaluation checklist). http://www.ogc.gov.uk/prince/downloads/template_case.htm (PRINCE2 standard) http://www.hackney.gov.uk/index/hackney/gis/llpg-llpg/llpg-prince2.htm (provides an example of a PRINCE2 project implementation model). Does your work environment have a Project management Framework methodology? If not, either of the above sites have good content on the recognised industry standards. Project reviews should involve: - Project team members (business and technical) - An independent assessor (who conducts the review) We use the PMBOK methodology here at work, and our Project Implementation Reviews are conducted by a QA person who assesses the project implementation as a whole from the business and implementation team perspectives. This way, feedback is captured around the delivery of the solution from both camps - what worked, what didn't work, what can be further improved. Hope this helps. CL
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  • Cwedgwood50
    Thanks, still not quite what I need though. It's not the whole project I need to look at, just the external review best practice if such a thing exists.
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  • Cleong
    Try this link - you may find something you can refer to: http://www.projectconnections.com/knowhow/kb_contents/organizational.html It sounds like your external consultant may have had his/her own QA/audit methodology. We do have external auditors who audit certain projects from time to time. Depending on what is being audited, information requirements for this activity will vary. Do you know what was the objective of that external QA process? For ITIL compliancy, the following links may help: http://www.itil-toolkit.com/ http://www.itil-itsm-world.com/ CL
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  • Cwedgwood50
    Thanks, You?re getting closer. We have had all kinds of difficulties with the project as a result of management attitude. So implementing a rigorous approach like Prince2 just would not have worked for us. I think that would have needed to be done from the top down. We were not given a budget of our own, even our labour availability was subject to not being forced to do other activities at the whim of our line management and when our project sponsor left no-one would volunteer to take their place. The company also went through a merger and they have not accounted properly for change management. More latterly we have encountered what I think to be purposeful attempts to cause delay to us from above by not responding to requests for essential information/action that we need authorisation to perform. The approach of the new company was to set a consultant on us. We think there was a hidden agenda to find fault and shut us down, but we can't prove that. Obviously there are a lot of flaws from a project management point of view, but none of them are our fault. Those same managers who have caused the problem are now blaming us for their failures. We need in some manner to be able to discredit the consultants report. The ironic thing is that because of the situation we were forced into with management we followed an Agile approach, based upon the principles of the 'Agile Alliance' which has protected us to some degree in terms of development. We have built a prototype and iteratively developed it with small amounts of feedback from users. Whilst they are rubbishing our project management we actually have working code that is in use and stage 1 was delivered just about on time! But the consultant that came had no knowledge of Agile and did not even look at the code. I don't think it was ever an objective review to see what could be improved! They didn't give us much in the way of warning about the review and now that the report has been created they have refused to allow me to see it in full. On the basis of this one consultants report the project has been shut down, but I have never been allowed to put my case to the directors. I don't think that proper industry standard best practice has been applied to this review, but how can I prove it. Thanks for your help
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  • Ugottabkiddin
    "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain." Your best approach might be to find an ally among the managers or directors and persuade that person to champion your cause. If someone is determined to trash you, having right on your side is not necessarily enough.
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  • Cwedgwood50
    [...] meetings: These are short review meetings held religiously every morning or the afternoon to have a daily account of happening of [...]
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