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Visualizing the state of projects using geometric figures

It’s possible to visualize the state of projects using data in the form of geometric figures. This data is obtained  from project performance and predictive analytics, and after calculations are performed it is put in terms of financial indicators.

The data signifies the amount, for example, of time, work and budget being completed with respect to their respective estimations. The data is represented in percentage for simple illustration purposes, but it could also be represented in normalized form for linearity relationships.

The calculations are obtained by linking real-time data activity and calculated ones such as estimates to completion for work, budget, and time, using both variance analysis and earned value methods.

The following table represents a specific instance of a portfolio management context. The portfolio consist of three projects actively being realized within their respective framework. The table below is derived from calculations based on real-time data and estimat…

An approach to a Cost Effective Software Solution

A possible cost effective software solution is to use a technique that combines extreme programming concept and rational unified process methods. This gives the opportunity to emphasize business results already at an early beginning, before taking an incremental step in the process. 
A very first step can be defined by showing something concrete to building the product with the necessary testing and revision aimed at yielding quality results and keeping track/status of project. This can be done by using iterations within each phase of the project (from pre-inception to transition). Each iteration expresses a percentage of work to be accomplished and an outcome (deliverables). 
Most important, this gives the opportunity to start in a simple and agile way, building something real that works, and then try to fit it into a structure designed for further code building, rather than doing everything at once like designing an exhaustive structure at the very beginning after a thorough and ti…