Quality Assurance in Project Management

Quality Assurance in Project Management

Jaby Mohammed (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), USA) and Ali Alavizadeh (Morehead State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-400-2.ch014
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Abstract

This chapter provides a fundamental yet comprehensive coverage of quality management. Bringing managers and engineers the most up-to-date quality management tools, research, and theory, this chapter shows readers how to plan for quality and achieve quality control. Broad in scope and inclusive in methodology, the material covered in this chapter will be useful for anyone concerned with quality management and control in business and industry. Topics covered include planning and organizing for quality, total quality management, quality improvement, statistical quality control, and ISO 9000. The chapter begins with an introduction to the concept of quality. Next, the quality management philosophies developed by Deming, Juran, and Crosby are presented. The principles of total quality management (TQM) are described next. The major steps in planning and organizing for quality are addressed in this chapter. Next, the quality improvement process, approaches to problem solving, and tools for quality improvement are presented. The concepts and techniques of statistical quality control are also covered in this chapter. Finally, the ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 quality standards are described.
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Quality And Design

Product design and design methodologies have a direct impact on the quality of the product. The design process historically has been implemented in isolation from other functions of the enterprise such as manufacturing, sales, etc. There are some disadvantages in this form of implementation in terms of longer cycle time, higher costs, and products designs not being optimal. For instance, due to the sequential nature of traditional design practices, the manufacturing engineers do not have a voice in the conceptualization phase where as much as 90% of the production cost may have already been specified (Chang, Wysk, & Wang, 1998).

Companies are challenged to increase their product quality and shorten the lead time for developing new products, while lowering their production costs, all of which are rooted in the quality and timeliness of the design solutions (Suh, 2001). Singh (1996) states that several studies have suggested that most of a product’s cost become fixed in its early life cycle stage before the original design cycle is completed. A typical characteristic curve that indicates the cost incurred and committed during the product life cycle is shown in Figure 1 (Singh, 1996, p. 106).

Figure 1.

The cost incurred and committed characteristics within the life cycle of a product

As seen in Figure 1, the majority of the product development cost occurs in the conceptual and detailed design phase. Also, the overall design change is easier in the earlier phases.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Total Quality Management (TQM): The application of quantitative methods and human resources to improve all the processes within an organization to meet and/or exceed customer needs now and in the future.

Cost Considerations: The money and resources required to finish the project. This includes equipment, people, and materials. Usually, the customer wants the project at the lowest cost possible. Plus, the budget for the project is approved based on the scope and schedule.

Quality: Excellent performance of a product or service.

Project Review: Project milestones meetings that are scheduled to review and assess the general status and health of an ongoing project and to offer get well plans as appropriate.

Quality Assurance: The application of a series of systematic planned activities to insure that the project will use all the necessary processes to meet requirement.

Project Management: Project management is carefully planned, organized effort to manage the resources in order to successfully accomplish specific project goals and objectives. Project management covers the entire life cycle of a project right from the feasibility study of the project, project planning, implementation, evaluation, support, and maintenance of the project. Each phases of the project is a vast topic within project management. The topic of interest here is the quality assurance in project management.

Project Quality Management: All the activities of an organization that determine quality objectives, policy, and responsibilities so the project will satisfy the needs for which it was defined.

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Table of Contents
Foreword
Robert K. Hiltbrand
Preface
Terry T. Kidd
Acknowledgment
Terry T. Kidd
Chapter 1
James W. Price Jr., Pamila Dembla
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Chapter 2
A. J. Gilbert Silvius
This chapter describes a study into the expected development of the competences of the project manager in the year 2027. The study was performed... Sample PDF
Project Management 2027: The Future of Project Management
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Chapter 3
Gregory J. Skulmoski, Francis T. Hartman
The purpose of this research was to investigate the soft competencies by project phase that IT project managers, hybrid and technical team members... Sample PDF
The Progression Towards Project Management Competence
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Chapter 4
Ralf Müller
This chapter addresses project managers’ leadership styles, mainly from the perspective of technology projects. It starts by defining and outlining... Sample PDF
Leadership in Technology Project Management
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Melanie S. Karas, Mahesh S. Raisinghani, Kerry S. Webb
A project manager’s role on any project goes far beyond task-related deliverables. Although the project manager must be able to effectively manage... Sample PDF
The Importance of Leadership in Project Management
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Chapter 6
Jaby Mohammed
This chapter introduces the concept of technology management by objectives. Technology is one of the fastest moving elements in the 21st Century... Sample PDF
Technology Management by Objectives (TMO)
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Chapter 7
Gary Pan
The goal of any product is to be used. In a very real sense, people judge the success or failure of any product by the extent to which it is used by... Sample PDF
Examining Stakeholders' Roles in Influencing IT Project Cancellation Decisions
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Chapter 8
Daniel W. Surry
This chapter will discuss more than 20 system development life cycles (SDLC) found in the Information Technology project management arena, whereby... Sample PDF
Bringing the User into the Project Development Process
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Chapter 9
Evon M. O. Abu-Taieh, Asim A. El Sheikh, Jeihan M. Abu-Tayeh, Maha T. El-Mahied
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Francisco Chia Cua, Tony C. Garrett
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Otavio Prospero Sanchez, Alberto Luiz Albertin
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IT Project Planning based on Business Value Generation
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Bendik Bygstad, Gjermund Lanestedt
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Managing ICT Based Service Innovation
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Katy E. Ellis
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Employee Preparation, Participation, and Performance
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Jaby Mohammed, Ali Alavizadeh
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Quality Assurance in Project Management
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Quality Management and Control
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Dawn M. Owens, Deepak Khazanchi
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Software Quality Assurance
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Fayez Ahmad Albadri
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IPRM: The Integrated Project Risk Model
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Technical Risk Management  (pages 283-294)
Pete Hylton
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Technical Risk Management
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Chapter 19
Lauren Fancher
IT projects across all sectors are relying on more iterative methodologies that can employ early and frequent assessment and evaluation processes in... Sample PDF
Early, Often, and Repeat: Assessment and Evaluation Methodology for Ensuring Stakeholder Satisfaction with Information Technology Projects
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Chad J. Cray
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Mysore Narayanan
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Project Management Assessment Methods
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Mario Vanhoucke
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Michele De Lorenzi
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Henryk R. Marcinkiewicz
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Planning for Integrating Technology
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Michael Crow
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Joni A. Amorim, Carlos Machado, Rosana G.S. Miskulin, Mauro S. Miskulin
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Production, Publication, and Use of Educational Multimedia Content in Brazil: Challenges and Opportunities in Real World Technology Projects
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Chapter 27
Hasan Tinmaz
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Instructional Technology Plans for Higher Education Institutions
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Chapter 28
Patricia McGee, Veronica Diaz
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Shifting from Classroom to Online Delivery
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Bimal P. Nepal, Leslie Monplaisir
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Lean and Global Product Development in Auto Industry
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Debra D. Orosbullard
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Future Trends: Global Projects & Virtual Teaming
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Wiki-enabled Technology Management
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