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Read the Points-of-View (PoV), research papers and in-sights from real-world implementations from the Solution Experts of Catyeus on how the IT Portfolio Project Management is evolving.

To know more about these papers, please contact prashanth.southekal@catyeus.com

1. Measuring performance in large SAP projects with Earned Value Management (EVM).

This paper is about the 10 step Earned value management (EVM) methodology that measured SAP Project progress cutting across multiple SAP modules . The methodology which was tailored to account for the Project specific challenges like culture, distributed delivery and data collection infrastructure. The outcome was a viable EVM metrics model that unified scope, schedule and cost. More importantly the EVM measures provided the Project and Program leadership insights to predict the total cost at completion and the date of completion thereby serving as an early-warning system against cost overruns and schedule delays in the Project.

This paper was published in SAP Insider/SAP Expert in 2010.

2. Formulation and empirical validation of a GQM based measurement framework for a IT project.

Today IT Projects are often characterized by poor quality, schedule overruns and high costs. One of the reasons for this failure is the lack of holistic information available for making suitable corrective actions during execution. So an effective measurement framework which is empirically validated by the Project stakeholders is needed to control the Project and give directions to accomplish the business goals of the stakeholders. In this backdrop, this paper explains how a stakeholder driven generic Goal-Question-Metric (GQM) measurement framework was derived and empirically validated with (i) A survey from seasoned software professionals and (ii) A case study of a SAP Implementation Project.

This paper was presented and published in IEEE Empirical Software Engineering Conference in Banff, Canada in 2011.

3. Simulation-based decision support for bringing a project back on track: The case of RUP-based software construction.

RUP-based development has proven successful in various contexts. The iterative and phased development approach provides a framework for how to develop software efficiently and effectively. Yet, there are plenty of occasions that the Projects go off-track in terms of the key parameters of the Project such as quality, functionality, cost, and schedule. The challenge for the Software Project manager is to bring the project back on track. This paper looks at simulation, in general, and system dynamics based simulation in particular, as a method to pro-actively evaluate possible scenarios and decisions in the Software Project.

This paper was presented and published in IEEE ICSSP Conference in Zurich, Switzerland in 2012.

4. Challenges in implementing Earned Value Management (EVM) in software projects.

Though Earned Value Management (EVM) has seen significant success, its implementation in Software Projects has been challenging. This papers looks at implementing EVM from the Software Project management perspective so that common pitfalls that derail EVM implementation can be avoided.

This paper is a Point-of-View (PoV) of one of the Solution Experts of Catyeus.

5.The art and science of software release planning.

Incremental development provides stakeholders with parts of a system early, so they receive both a sense of value and an opportunity to provide feedback early in the process. Each system release is thus a collection of features that the stakeholder values. Furthermore, each release serves to fix defects detected in former product variants. In this paper, Release planning (RP) addresses decisions related to selecting and assigning features to create a sequence of consecutive product releases that satisfies important technical, resource, budget, and risk constraints.

This paper was published by one of the Solution Experts of Catyeus in IEEE Software.

6. Realizing value from SAP investment: Case study from a real world SAP implementation

Investment in SAP Applications has not only financial impacts but also organizational impacts as well.  Despite  successful go-lives many organizations fail to get the most out of their SAP investment.  This white paper looks at key measures that are essential to track the realization from SAP Investment with a case study from a leading Fortune 5 company.

This white paper is written by one of the Solution Experts of Catyeus.

7. The business value of better requirements for software projects

Not every manager is convinced that his team needs to do a better job on requirements
development and management, or that such an investment will pay off. Numerous industry studies,
however, indicate that requirements issues are a pervasive cause of project distress. The oftenquoted
CHAOS Reports from The Standish Group indicate that three of the biggest contributors to
projects that fail or are “challenged” are lack of user input, incomplete requirements and
specifications, and changing requirements and specifications. This white paper describes the
business value an organization can achieve from investing in developing better requirements for its
software projects, as well as how to think about the return on investment from that effort.

This white paper is from one of the Solution Experts of Catyeus, who is one of the foremost experts of Requirements Engineering in the Industry.

8. Ten essential steps in empowering the end-user in software/SAP projects

Empowering the end-user in software projects is more than just having a decentralized environment. It also includes ways, solutions, technology, processes, data and systems which must complement each other to support the end users in attaining maximum productivity. Numerous research conducted in the field of software project management show that involving the end-users in the project is one of the key element in successful projects. In this backdrop, this papers looks at ten key steps that hold the key for empowering the end-user for whom the software project exists.

This white paper is written by one of the Solution Experts of Catyeus was be published in SAP Insider/SAP Expert in 2012.

9. Ten key steps in identifying SAP projects that matter in the Portfolio

The main objective of managing projects within the portfolio is to determine the optimal resource mix for delivery to achieve the organization‘s strategic goals. However the Voice of the Customer (VOC) come in different shape and forms - initiatives, issues, complaints etc... Given that implemting SAP projects takes a lot of time and effort, identifying projects that matter holds the key in delivering value to the organization. This white paper looks at ten key steps in selecting SAP projects that matter to the organization for effective Project Portfolio Management (PPM). 

This white paper is written by one of the Solution Experts of Catyeus.

10. Understanding stakeholder value propositions in a software project

Software project stakeholders generally have varied level of interest, involvement and influence on the project. Their goals vary and conflict reflecting different political and organizational interests. In addition to the varying and conflicting goals, in most software projects the expectations of the stakeholders are implicit, ambigious and subjective. This paper looks at how the varied interests and changing needs of the stakeholders has a bearing on the outcome of the software project.

This white paper is written by one of the Solution Experts of Catyeus.

11.Ten Main Causes for Poor Quality Business Data.

Data is the foundation of every business decision. But businesses are generally plagued with quality data to run their activities. Though there are many reasons that contribute to poor quality of business data, based on industry experience and literature studies, this paper looks at 10 key issues from 3 main categories that result in not having quality business data.

This white paper is written by one of the Solution Experts of Catyeus.

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