Project Management through Data Management

The Solution

In order to tame the data management beast an integrated approach must be taken. Stand alone databases which manage only one data set cannot provide the visibility required to make informed decisions about project direction.

Taroko.org databases provide a custom project management solution which can integrate all major project data sets in one user friendly environment. Extensive real world knowledge of how projects work and what projects need, translates into practical and easy to understand user interfaces and work flows.

Back in the 1990s a group of systems engineers who, after years of frustration working with “standard” industry tools decided to start making their own. These tools included document management, systems engineering, configuration control, requirements management and most importantly, the relationship between them. Over the past 15 years while working on major projects around the world, a suite of project management tools has evolved which work seamlessly together.

This set of integrated project management tools is called Sigma.

The Problem - A Data Mountain

A modern engineering project generates vast amounts of data. In order to manage effectively and facilitate intelligent decision making, the data must be brought under control.

Many projects fail to meet objectives because the information driving the project is not properly managed, is inaccessible, incomplete or inaccurate.

The data mountain can be quite overwhelming. For example a typical large infrastructure Project may generate:

• 10,000 contract requirements (which can change!)

• 80,000 letters & transmittals

• 100,000 document/drawings/revisions

• 250,000 derived requirements & Control measures

• 100,000 test items

• 250,000 emails

• >1million files on project servers

Everything is Connected

In addition to being an overwhelming volume of information, the data sets do not exist in isolation. A change in one can affect the state of the others.

For example,

• A SCADA alarm point is defined by a requirement

•   Which lives in a document,

•     Whose status is determined by transmittals

•        The SCADA alarm point is also a test item

•         The test item is based on other requirements

•           The tested item is a particular piece of hardware

•             The hardware is running a particular version of software

•               The software is part of an overall system configuration

•                 The SCADA alarm point is also and Interface

•                   And so on… 

Given the interconnected nature of project information a set of spreadsheets or stand alone databases cannot provide clear visibility of the state of your project.

Major Sigma Deployments Worldwide

Many branches of Sigma have been implemented on major projects around the world. Probably the most refined and current of Sigma releases is maintained by Taroko Systems International (TSI). The TSI release is known as Sigma-TSI.

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The new Project Management Paradigm