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Old 08-04-2008, 08:42 AM
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Default "Vertical Slice?"

While at one company, we used a review technique called a "Vertical Slice", in which the schedule for a complex project was "sliced" at selected points or milestones to review the relative impacts on different stakeholders resources. While it was an enlightening meeting, it was very labor intensive, and was often viewed by the individual stakeholders as a tool used by Sr. Mgmt. to hold them accountable for performance with early revisions of the Plan.

Another company used the same term for a report that might cover one project OR program cradle-to-grave, starting with, perhaps, a needs analysis then planning, execution and effectiveness evaluation.

Has anyone else heard of or used these terms, and what was the application or effectiveness?
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Old 09-08-2008, 12:54 AM
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i don't know the meaning of that term but i read that somewhere about a seminar/workshop
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:59 AM
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I never used the term, but have used the technique to analyze schedules for feasibility before.
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Old 09-10-2008, 07:29 AM
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It sounds more like a Windows analysis to me..
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Old 09-11-2008, 06:59 AM
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Hi think I know you issue, I use this book called "PMadvice", it takes you through the whole project life cycle, and covers this stuff well, you can get it from or Good luck.
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:56 PM
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Here is an example. We do this all the time automatically for the nuclear, construction, and aerospace industries.

This second one had all the critical path activities grouped on top.

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Old 05-16-2011, 02:04 PM
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Default New Buzzword..

Vertical slice is a buzzword going round for analyzing complex projects.
Primarily this is useful in projects where multiple vendors are involved or multiple applications are involved in implementations.
This helps in identifying the impact on multiple stakeholders involved in project.
This is used by top management to know what if scnearios..
However it is rightly said in earlier response that it involves lot of ground work .
To acheive similar results there are other tools and methodologies available.

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