Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

At the starting point of every result that we encounter, there is undoubtedly a root cause that is the basis for the emergence of this result. This is an unchanging rule.

Planning Variables

Every project has its own characteristics. Therefore it is impossible to plan every project the same way. Just like project management processes, the planning of a project should be tailored. The necessary approach for planning in terms of the amount, timing, and frequency may change according to planning variables. 

Cause and Effect Diagram

Cause and effect diagram is a data representation technique that reveals the potential causes of identified risks throughout the project or errors that may occur when creating deliveries. It is described as one of the 7 basic tools used in quality management. 

Working with Procurements in Project Management

Any kind of procurements can be done according to the needs of a project. These can be goods, services, or materials. It is sometimes a more feasible solution to achieve project objectives to conduct procurement instead of using the own capacities of the organization. This necessity should be determined in the planning stages of the project with a make or buy analysis. According to the results of this make or buy analysis, the necessary procurements are determined and preparation work begins.

Monitor and Control Project Work Process In Project Management

Monitor and control project work is a process that is used in projects with a prescriptive development approach, however, similar processes are also used as a result of tailoring processes in projects with different approaches. 

Using predefined processes like monitor and control process is an important method to use in projects using the waterfall development approach. Of course, this usage will be limited to guidance and a specific tailoring effort should still be needed for success and value delivery.

Manage Communications Process

According to the PMBOK, approximately around 75-90 percent of a project manager's working time is consumed by formally or informally communicating about the project. Therefore, it is quite easy to predict that the correct management of communications in project management directly affects the success of the project.

Procurement Management Plan

Procurement is considered expected and natural for all phases of a project. A necessity for procurements may emerge at any time during project's life. However, a planning effort is still needed to avoid problems in procurement processes. Even if the defined scope is high level yet, a make or buy analysis to guide the project team and stakeholders is useful to be conducted to see future decisions better.

The Procurement Management Plan is one of the components of the project management plan, which specifies exactly how to make purchases in a project, defines the path and methods to be followed in the procurement processes, and contains the procurement strategy. The process that we develop a procurement management plan is a part of the procurement management knowledge area and planning process group.

Cost of Quality

Cost is always a constraint in any project. For some people, it is considered the most important constraint. In order for a project to succeed, there is always a certain cost to achieve quality, which is the most important goal that must be guaranteed. This cost of quality can be direct costs resulting from quality-related efforts, as well as some indirect, secondary costs.