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Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools by Karl E Wiegers

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Constructing the Model

The approach we took is called decision matrix analysis; see http://www.asq.org/learn-about-quality/decision-making-tools/overview/decision-matrix.html for a brief description of this technique. Our prioritization approach posits that a software group should preferentially tackle those projects that most strongly align with the group’s business and technical success drivers. Therefore, the first step in building your own model is to

Identify your project prioritization drivers.

Begin by listing the factors that feed into your group’s thought process when you decide whether a specific project proposal makes good sense. Identify only 10 to 15 project prioritization drivers as more will become unwieldy. Consider including key ...

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