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5 PM, Process, and PSDP Tips

Group: PM, Process, and PSDP

Topic: PSDP & Process

1. Have Client Sign Requirements
When youre finishing an application for a client, nothing is more frustrating than the client telling you that the application is all wrong. Do yourself a favor: During or shortly after the planning stage, be sure to echo to the client what you heard him or her say. Also consider putting your general plan in writing and have both you and your client sign it. This approach makes you a more professional consultant.

Topic: PSDP Artifacts

2. Apply PSDP Artifacts to Existing Applications
You can apply PSDP Artifacts to an existing system that has ongoing development and/or maintenance. For desktop applications, start with one PSDP Artifact per form and report. For websites, start with one PSDP Artifact per page. If you have a utility that imports and/or exports data, start with one PSDP Artifact per import/outport combination. Perhaps add each artifact as you go forward in your development.

3. Artifact Assignment
If you are a single developer, assign the artifact to that single developer and use it to track the completion of both the documentation of the artifact (requirement, design, and test script) as well as the building and testing of it. If you are part of a development team, assign the artifact to the resource gathering requirements and create additional tasks.

4. Use Artifacts to Manage Client Expectations
Use PSDP Artifacts to track and document what the client wants. Create one artifact per main requirement, expectation, and/or critical success factor. A nagging problem we always face is documenting what the client wants then design, build, and test it while maintaining a link back to the original requirement. PSDP Artifacts aid in your effort to make sure you fulfill each and every requirement. For doucmentation purposes, you can add as many additional requirement and design items as you wish. You can also add additional test scripts as needed.

Topic: PSDP Categories

5. Use Categories
Categories allow you to organize your project logically. For example, you may wish to organize your application by source code (All, Client, Server, Database, Installation, Help File, Other), by major features, or by some other criteria. These categories allow you to organize requirements, builds, test scripts, defects, etc.

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