Data Gathering – Research Information on the Internet
The internet can be an excellent place to find data on similar projects. But when using the data from the internet, the project management investigation team must take the time to authenticate the data to make sure it is correct. Just remember anyone who knows how to use the internet can put data on it to be seen by anyone.
The team should create a list of data they are looking to find on the net and a list of reliable sites they can use to do their research. The information they choose to collect should be specific to the project they are researching and it should reveal underlying information in the development process, such as resource costs, boundary conditions, schedule predictability, and defect counts.
Following is a list of possible search tools the investigation team can use to find data on the Internet:
CNET – Search.com
Other great resources on the web are national trade and professional associations. These associations can help the team find current industry standards and Lessons Learned for the similar types of projects being investigated. These groups can also help the investigation team find project experts to help them gather all the information they require to make the best go/no-go decision.