Completing a Statistical Sampling

Statistical sampling is the process of choosing a percentage of results at random. For example, a project creating a medical device may have 20 percent of all units randomly selected to check quality. This process must be completed on a consistent basis throughout the project, rather than on a sporadic schedule.

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Statistical sampling can reduce the costs of quality control, but mixed results can follow if an adequate testing plan and schedule are not followed. The science of statistical sampling (and its requirements to be effective) is an involved process. There are many books, seminars, and professionals devoted to the process. For the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and PMP exams, know that statistical sampling uses a percentage of the results to test for quality. This process can reduce quality control cost.

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