Version 6.0 Released 2017-10-27 Greg Kroll  <it-project-management@vt.edu>

  • Homepage
    • Completely revised the homepage to a more conversational style, walking the user through a series of questions regarding the type of project they have in order to make recommendations about project management.
    • Moved much of the previous content of the homepage to the “Overview and Best Practices” page.
  • Project Management Policy
    • Revised Policy 7210 - Information Technology Project Management (revision 1), to include Agile project management methodologies and new definitions. Revised policy approved by the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Dr. Scott F. Midkiff and the Virginia Tech President’s office, September 2017.
  • Project Scorecard
    • Revised the project Scorecard decision support tool:
      • to make it more user friendly.
      • by creating some new categories of Complexity and Risk.
      • with non-subjective, easier to understand, category selections.
      • with the ability to adjust the suggested score for a category based on the decision authorities risk tolerance for that category.
      • by vetting with the Information Technology Security Office (ITSO) that “Working with unencrypted, sensitive data, outside the secure system where the data came from, violates university policy and standards” and included a note to indicate that.
      • with updated ranges for what constitutes a low, medium, or high risk and complexity project. Based on the “Project Total Score” the tool recommends the appropriate level of project management.
  • Project Level Indicators
    • Revised the text based on the selections available in the project scorecard categories.
  • Project Management Process Guidelines
    • Revised the guidelines table to include Agile processes.
  • Project Management Methodology/Life Cycle Overview
    • Revised the table to include Agile guidelines.
  • Major IT Project Process
    • Created a page to inform a project decision authority of certain requirements for projects designated as “major” IT projects as defined by the Management Agreement between the Commonwealth of Virginia and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University pursuant to the Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act of 2005.
  • Metrics and Key Performance Indicators
    • Created new content on project metrics and key performance indicators.
  • Resources
    • Updated links to more resources.
    • Fixed broken links.
    • Included references used to create the Metrics and Key Performance Indicators content.

Version 5.0 Released 2016-10-20 Steven Jarrod Rife  <sjrife@vt.edu>

  • General
    • The site was moved into the new university content managment system.

Version 4.1 Released 2013-03-05 Greg Kroll  <it-project-management@vt.edu>

  • General
    • Changed all references from Element K to Lynda (online training provider)
  • Project Management Forms, Worksheets, and Templates
    • Updated the PDF version of the "IT Project Initiation Form" to use expandable text boxes, and additional (optional) signature lines
    • Updated the "IT Project Testing Plan Worksheet" to replace references to outdated software and operating systems
    • Fixed a problem with the PDF version of the "IT Project Scope Form" where the issues and risks "Delete" button was deleting the first row of the table, it now deletes the last row
    • Updated the "IT Project Risk Management Plan Worksheet" to include a new "Task Description" row to describe the task or group of tasks the risk management plan is referencing

Version 4.0 Released 2012-03-01 Greg Kroll  <it-project-management@vt.edu>

  • Home page
    • Included "maintenance and operational activities" as exempt from this standard for information technology project management
  • Project Level Indicators
    • Added Personally Identifying Information (PII) as an indicator of higher risk projects
    • Added Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) data as an indicator of higher risk projects
  • Project Management Process Guidelines
    • Project Management Process Guidelines [Table]
      • Changed the format of the table to specify which form or worksheet is used, with which process for low, medium, and high risk projects
      • Added highlighting to visually signify when the same process and/or form/worksheet is used for low, medium, and high risk projects
  • Project Management Forms, Worksheets, and Templates
    • Created a PDF version of the "IT Project Closing Form". Form features include expandable text boxes to accommodate any amount of text entered, improving readability and printing; added more (optional) signature lines
    • Improved the "IT Project Scope Form" by including a reference to which forms information should be summarized in each section. Included references to Personally Identifying Information (PII) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) data as indicators of increased risk. The PDF version of this form includes expandable text boxes and additional signature lines
    • Updated the "IT Project Scorecard Worksheet" to include a new "Impact" category of "PII/FERPA". Any information technology project working with PII or FERPA data is automatically escalated to a higher risk project requiring more rigor and detail, as well as, greater approval and oversight. Also added category descriptions
    • Updated the PDF version of the "IT Project Low Risk Project Form" to use expandable text boxes and additional (optional) signature lines
    • Updated the "IT Project Risk Management Plan Worksheet" to include checks for PII and FERPA data and if present, requires more planning to control the risk
    • Improved the "IT Project Security Initial Review Form" and the "IT Project Security Final Review Form" with references to PII and FERPA data, in the "Instructions & Definitions"
  • Glossary
    • Included PMBOK definition of operational activities to the definition of "Maintenance and Operational Activities"
    • Added explanation of new "Project Scorecard Term" and category "PII/FERPA"

Version 3.1 Released 2011-2-14  Greg Kroll  <it-project-management@vt.edu>

  • Project Management Process Guidelines
    • Project Management Process Guidelines [Table]
      • Created a new planning process "Quality Management Plan"
      • Created a new executing process "Quality Assurance"
      • Linked the executing process "Communications: Information Distribution" to "Report Performance" process that has examples of status reports, etc.
      • Created a new monitoring and controlling process "Quality Control"
      • Created a new monitoring and controlling process "Independent Verification & Validation"
    • Project Management Process Guidelines Flowchart
      • Changed all the pdf flowcharts to reflect new processes and new process order
  • Project Management Methodology Overview
    • Tweaked the wording of some bullet items
    • Added description of new processes: "Begin Scope Development", "Quality Management", "Quality Assurance", "Quality Control", "Independent Verification and Validation", "Project Security Final Review"
  • Project Management Forms, Worksheets, and Templates
    • Updated the entire "IT Project Risk Management Plan Worksheet" to better reflect positive and negative risks
    • Created a new "Quality Management Plan" worksheet that includes quality planning, quality assurance, quality control, independent verification and validation, quality tools, and quality control and assurance problem tracking
    • Modified the "Directions for Use" section of all forms and worksheets to better reflect best practices and Virginia Tech standard operating procedures
    • Updated the signature block of all "forms" in pdf format to an Acrobat signature field to make digitally signing the form easier.
  • Resources
    • Added a link to the Project Management Institute website which is the industry standard the Virginia Tech standard for information technology project management is based on
    • Added links to the Virginia Tech, Higher Education Restructuring website

Version 3.0 Released 2010-09-10  Greg Kroll  <it-project-management@vt.edu>

  • Home page
    • Added text that clearly states that the information contained in this website is the "Standard" for information technology project management, and specifies the minimum requirements.
    • Website title changed from "IT Project Management Standard" to "Standard for information technology project management"
  • Project Management Process Guidelines
    • Project Management Process Guidelines [Table]
      • Renamed the subtitle for Project Initiation Form from "Preliminary Scope" to "Project Charter"
      • Reordered the Planning Processes
      • Renamed the planning process "Functional Requirements" to "Collect Requirements"
      • Created a new planning process "Begin Scope Development"
      • Split the planning process "Security Plan" into a "Security Initial Review & plan" plus a new monitoring and controlling process "Security Final Review"
      • Moved the "Report Performance" process to occur later
      • Created a new closing process "Project Closing"
    • Project Management Process Guidelines Flowchart
      • Changed all the pdf flowcharts to reflect new processes and new process order
  • Project Management Methodology Overview
    • Tweaked the wording of some bullet items
    • Added description of new "Begin Scope Development" process
  • Project Manager Selection & Training
    • New process, procedures, and requirements
  • Project Management Forms
    • New standard header. All Forms, Worksheets, and Templates now include, at a minimum, Project Title, Project Number, Project Leader/Manager, Anticipated Project Start Date, Sponsor, and Date Prepared
    • Different signature block on all "forms", one long line for printed name, signature, and date (also easily accommodates a digital signature)
    • Expanded the old "Security Form" into two forms "Security Initial Review Form", and "Security Final Review Form"
    • Created a new "Project Closing" form
  • Resources
    • New links for training & education
  • Terminology
    • Renamed "Change Control Board" to "Steering Committee" to better reflect higher education environment
    • Added new definition for "Personal Portfolio"

Version 2.0 Released 2008-08-01   Greg Kroll   <it-project-management@vt.edu>

  • Website redesigned using Virginia Tech University Relations templates.

Version 1.0 2006-12-01   Greg Kroll   <it-project-management@vt.edu>

  • Go live with website and Virginia Tech Information Technology (IT) Project Management Standard