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The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right by Tom Kendrick

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Data Analysis

The field of statistics provides many techniques for detecting problems in deliverable quality and defects in development processes. Among these are:

  • Scatter diagrams

  • Histograms and sampling distributions

  • Trend and control limit analysis

  • Pareto charts

These techniques can differentiate normal project execution from problem situations, such as results that:

  • Are outside an acceptable range

  • Display excessive variability

  • Change in suspicious, non-random ways

  • Display disturbing trends

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