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Project Management for IT-Related Projects by David I. Shepherd, Norman Smith, Brian West, Roger Ireland, Bob Hughes

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3.3 Monitoring progress

3.3.1 What should we monitor?

The most obvious thing to monitor is the progress in creating deliverables and other, intermediate, project products and in meeting milestones or deadlines. Difficulties however arise when you want to monitor progress and things are only partially complete. The stock answer is to break the products and deliverables into smaller components that can be assessed as complete at shorter and more frequent intervals of time. This may be quite difficult in IT projects. One established way is to break software down into segments or components. A common alternative is to try to assess the percentage completion of an activity or deliverable. This again is problematic. If someone is building a wall, ...

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