Large projects can quickly become unwieldy and difficult to manage. The traditional waterfall approach to project management is too cumbersome whilst many feel that the 100% agile approach is far too loose to keep under control.
We feel that projects just need to be managed, sometimes it makes sense to have some documentation to accurately describe where the boundaries are. If you communicate effectively within the team and to all affected parties you can keep documentation to a suitable level. It’s about being effective and choosing the right method for the right project.
Adopting the right approach to managing the project will remove ambiguity and keep all parties involved in the process. This is very important especially when you near the completion of a project and suddenly have to deal with development issues, changes to the requirements, managing delivery dates and keeping the team positive.
With over 25 years experience we’ve seen many different ways to manage complex projects. None of them seem to get it quite right but by using the right tools to measure the work, track the progress and cost the remaining work ahead we believe we have the right middle ground whilst staying agile to the project requirements.
Managing an IT project is just part of what we do right from the start
- Understanding requirements
- Identifying the appropriate technical options
- Managing the resources and the processes
- Designing the system
- Building the software and unit testing
- Measuring the time taken to build software elements and test the solution
We track and measure resources as the project moves forward on a daily basis. Together with our experience we are then able to spot opportunities where development can be fast tracked as well as becoming more accurate in our estimates for project completion and delivery.
We take this approach on all projects but to a much finer level of detail on the most complex so that you fully informed of progress.