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Methodologies
 
Prince 2
(Projects in Controlled Environments) is a government owned project management methodology. Can be tailored to suit any project size or organisation. The main components that are evaluated are Business Case, Organisation, Plans, Controls, Risk, Quality, Configuration Management and Change Control. It has a product based deliverables approach. More...
SSADM
Structured Systems Analysis and Design Methodology is a methodology normally applied to computer based systems. It is very structured with definite stage deliverables (a la PRINCE) and is easily tailored to all size projects. A 'module' based process driven by data and user requirements. All government departments (and any third party suppliers) have to work to this standard, and is widely adopted as an industry standard. Regulated by the CCTA in the UK. More...
Six Sigma
A "new" strategic improvement philosophy, which increases quality, productivity and ultimately profits by focussing on customer, data, and management processes. Utilising well established "old" techniques of problem analysis, statistical process control, and good project management, deviations (or "defects") from the customer requirement (be it product or service) are reduced to near zero. Not a "quick fix" methodology, rather one requiring both cultural and personal change. More...
Balanced Scorecard
The balanced scorecard (Kaplan and Norton) is a strategic management system that enables organizations to clarify their vision and strategy, translate them into action, and provide continuous feedback to improve strategic performance and financial results. More...
Boston Matrix
The Boston matrix classifies a firm's products according to their cash usage and cash generation by virtue of their relative market share against the market growth rate. The products that lie within each quadrant are often given descriptive labels like Stars, Cash cows, Dogs or Question marks which aids understanding of the financial and competitive strategies necessary for good product portfolio management. More...
Ansoff Matrix
The Ansoff matrix is a useful tool for thinking about marketing objectives, i.e. what products are sold into which markets. Marketing strategies being how the mix is used to achieve those objectives. More...
Porter 5-Forces Model
This analysis is useful in modelling the current competitive environment around an organisation, and the threatening forces within the marketplace. Standard of marketing theory for many years, but is a basis upon which to build. More...
CSF's
Critical Success Factors are another way of giving additional information to your decision making process. Establish a matrix of the factors a new competitor would need to overcome in providing products to the current market, then analyse your own strengths and weaknesses relative to your competitors against this matrix to give your organisations relative position. More...
Service Management
In order to manage the quality of IT services to meet the changing needs of users, whilst providing a specific, constant, measurable level of service, Service Level Management is a key discipline. The goal is to set up and maintain Service Level Agreements between IT services providers and users. More...
Strategic Importance Matrix
Attributed to McFarlan and McKenney, this model takes the Boston Matrix and maps the relative importance of the IS/IT function areas in keeping the existing business running against the developments required for increasing the business unit's competitive edge. More...
RUP, XP, Agile, Waterfall et all
Various development methodologies that can be applied according to the changing needs of the project and business. There is no "one size fits all" and like other methodologies can be tailored to the requirements and avialable resources. More...
 
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