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Project Development Process

April 28, 2006

There are many ways to describe the project development process. But in the interest of keeping things simple, I distill my project development process into three clear steps:

1) Define – Identify the need and dream about ideal solution.  Set clear boundaries on scope and timeline of project.

2) Develop – Build a solution.

3) Deliver – Put the solution into action, then go back to 1) to make it better.

For all of my projects I will try to provide clear, if sometimes brief, documentation for each of these key steps — Define, Develop, Deliver.

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About Project Management

April 20, 2006

This is a section to discuss my general approach to project management.

Project Development Principles

April 18, 2006

Here are the principles that apply to all development projects we undertake:

P1) The process must be as simple and easy-to-use as possible, minimizing the number of steps and the amount of paperwork required. This will result in higher usage of the system and present fewer opportunities for error.

P2) The process must be secure and confidential, assuring integrity of data and privacy of student information.

P3) The process must be reliable – always available during business hours and able to tolerate complete computer system failure without losing key accounting data.

P4) There must be a mechanism to assure the consistency of the process district-wide and to quickly disseminate updates and fixes to the process as needed. At the same time, there must be some ability to customize and tailor the process to unique site needs.

P5) The process must be accountable. Any time money changes hands, there must be two, independent signatures recorded: the signature of the person giving the money and the signature of the person receiving the money. When essential data is entered or changed, there must be a record of who did the change and when.

P6) There should be an easy way to look up and report current and past data.

P7) The system should be compatible with assistive technologies, such as screen readers for the blind.