Simplistic Figure 1 overviews the Scrum approach to managing requirements where your software development team has a stack of prioritized and estimated requirements which need to be addressed Scrum calls this prioritized stack a "product backlog". There are several important points to understand: New requirements are prioritized by your project stakeholders and added to the stack in the appropriate place. Fundamentally a single person needs to be the final authority when it comes to requirement prioritization.
The grants also advance study design, tools, models and technologies Prioritizing projects assessing human exposure to environmental contaminants, including acute or chronic exposures related to oil spills and other sudden and large-scale environmental disasters, and related impacts on individuals and populations.
The two-year grants support activities that integrate or synthesize existing data from different sources that, analyzed together, may provide additional insights, address important questions, or lead to new approaches to interpreting and monitoring data.
The research supported by these grants could increase understanding of the Gulf of Mexico region as a dynamic system, lead to better-informed decision making, translate into human benefits, or foster other actionable outcomes. The one-year grants provide seed money for research in its early conceptual phase, for activities that can accelerate concept to testing, or for development of novel Prioritizing projects.
These grants also could support the application of new expertise or engagement of non-traditional disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives. Listed in alphabetical order by project title under each of the two topics, the award recipients are: Florida State University Long-term degradation of seagrass habitat by human impacts and a growing understanding of the ecosystem services benefits that healthy seagrass beds provide have made seagrass restoration a major priority for the Gulf of Mexico.
However, ecosystem service benefits are rarely tracked by restoration monitoring efforts due to a lack of standardized approaches for measuring them. This project intends to address this gap using existing datasets on seagrass along the Florida Gulf Coast to develop models and metrics that can be used to link Prioritizing projects quantify the relationship between seagrass restoration and ecosystem services.
The project outputs will assist practitioners with seagrass management and restoration planning and prioritization both in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond.
One coastal restoration technique commonly used to mitigate wetland loss in Louisiana and Texas is marsh terracing, whereby ridges of sediment are constructed and planted with vegetation to help protect surrounding areas against erosion from wind and waves.
Despite widespread use, past monitoring and research efforts have yielded only limited understanding about the efficacy and persistence of marsh terraces.
Through close collaboration with practitioners, this project aims to address this gap and will examine past marsh terracing projects to evaluate their effectiveness as a coastal restoration technique and provide guidance on their use in future restoration efforts.
However, a common framework does not currently exist for assessing and reporting on restoration progress and effectiveness across Prioritizing projects projects and locations in order to coordinate progress toward shared, overarching environmental, social, and economic goals.
This project is focused on advancing standardized measures of restoration work through a collaborative approach with practitioners, community members, technical experts, and decision-makers to develop ecosystem service logic models. These models can then be used to produce a transferable and scalable approach for measuring success and comparing outcomes across different Gulf restoration projects.
The Water Institute of the Gulf in cooperation with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tulane University Sea-level rise poses a serious challenge to natural resource managers as they work to retain and restore coastal marshes.
Sediment transported to a marsh by a river or tides can play an important role in mitigating the effects of sea-level rise by increasing land surface elevation. At present there are no standardized data collection techniques that can be used to monitor sediment transport into and within vegetated regions, limiting abilities to measure and predict the influence of restoration efforts.
This project, developed in close collaboration with coastal restoration practitioners, aims to establish a standardized data collection methodology for monitoring sediment transport within coastal wetland vegetation.
Restoration practitioners will be able to use this methodology to improve predictions of marsh sustainability and better assess the effectiveness of restoration efforts. University of South Florida in cooperation with Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Seagrass restoration is becoming an increasingly common management component for enhancing ecosystem health within the Gulf of Mexico.
However, the various efforts undertaken by different entities have not yet been adequately assessed to learn about their success over time and inform future restoration efforts.
This project aims to synthesize unpublished data from past seagrass restoration projects at over sites along the Florida Coast into a single database, conduct on-site visits of selected projects, and convene a workshop involving researchers and restoration practitioners in order to determine best practices for seagrass restoration design and monitoring.
The products will be used to improve both the implementation and assessment of future seagrass restoration efforts. These photo-products are persistent and potentially toxic, but knowledge about their biological impacts and ecosystem and human health risks is limited. Thus they are not adequately accounted for by decision-makers when evaluating oil spill risks and impacts.
This project, which includes practitioner engagement and input throughout, aims to address this knowledge gap and improve oil spill risk assessment by investigating the chemical composition, bioavailability, toxicity, and long-term health effects of oil photo-products and incorporating this information into models used for oil spill risk assessment.
Prioritizing Risks from Oil Spills: However, an oil spill can involve a complex mix of interacting substances and environmental factors, and this produces many unknowns that are either difficult or not currently possible to account for. Alternative approaches are needed to address existing limitations and improve assessment and decision-making processes relating to public health risks resulting from oil spills.
This project, which includes interactions with a diverse range of practitioners, aims to address this need using new approaches and technologies in exposure science and toxicology that try to predict the toxicity of substances for which there is limited information using information from analogous or similar substances.
Listed in alphabetical order by project title, the award recipients are: Oklahoma State University Cement is a major material component in the construction and sealing of hydrocarbon wells.
Well leakage through cement is a problem that increases maintenance costs and poses threats to surrounding communities and the environment. This project aims to improve characterization and understanding of well cement mixtures to better predict leakage potential and investigate cement additives that could reduce leakage potential and improve wellbore integrity.
This information will improve modeling capability of wellbore integrity and guide designs that can be used to reduce leakage. However, these barriers are only effective if they have been designed, properly operated, and maintained for the conditions of the environment in which they are employed.
The project focuses on gaps in understanding about the behavior of riser gas under high temperature and pressure.
Testing will be done using an existing well retrofitted with pressure and temperature sensors to produce data for validating and verifying riser gas models that inform design of pressure barriers and techniques for preventing uncontrolled hydrocarbon releases.
University of Houston in cooperation with Mulberry Well Systems LLC Formation and management of gas within deepwater marine drilling risers poses a variety of challenges and hazards for offshore energy operations. Uncontrolled riser gas build-up and release was a major component of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
This project aims to improve understanding of riser gas formation and unloading i. Louisiana State University in cooperation with SINTEF, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Texas at Austin Leaky wellbores with inadequate well plugging materials can allow the release of hydrocarbons into the ocean at low rates for decades, resulting in cumulative damage to surrounding areas.Whether corporate policy or personal preference pushed you to use Microsoft Outlook, the more organized your task management is, the better your productivity will be.
Successful projects rely on one tiny ingredient to succeed. Ignore this ingredient and your project is doomed to fail. Mission: The mission of The Living Desert is to promote desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation by: preserving a portion of the Colorado Desert in its natural state, fostering through interpretive exhibits, program and publications an awareness of an appreciation for the variety of plants and animals in the worldwide desert ecosystems.
The Periodic Table of Product Prioritization Techniques. When I started working on this guide, I immediately felt the need to visually organize all of these techniques in a way that made sense and showed the context in which each of them is valuable.
Consensus drives every aspect of NQF work. Expert committee members represent diverse interests from every healthcare sector. Measures are endorsed by NQF only after thoughtful discussion and debate from across the healthcare community.
And recommendations for use of measures in federal programs are made with input from public and private stakeholders alike. “As Project Manager, juggling all of the balls is important, but keeping your eye on the right ball is the key to delivering truly successful projects” – RG While understanding the causes of project failure is important, without a common definition of “success”, there is no clear basis for.