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KPI's: Key Project Impeders
Paying attention to the human nature factors of a project will not overcome poor software selection or poor software design. However, being aware of these

pop quiz  when the professor said, Pop Quiz! Specifically, at some point a plan needs to provide answers to questions like What will I be doing? , How long do I have to do it? , and What do I have to give you when I am done? For example, when preparing to complete the final training for the users, the following descriptions and task outline would be helpful to the team leaders responsible for conducting the training: 5.1 ... 1 Objective: Train users in the use of the software to complete daily tasks 5.1 ...

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