A project is effectively a group of people coming together to build something or achieve a common goal. Often a project is not creating something new, but building upon something that already exists, to enhance, improve or correct it.
Here at cloudThing, we specialise in IT infrastructure and software development projects. We support a good number of businesses by building bespoke software from the ground up, when there is no market alternative that is fit for purpose.
We assist others with customising market products like Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM, tailoring them to the specific needs of the client, and enhancing features. For others, we further develop or integrate disparate systems, so that end users have everything seamlessly accessible and easily reached, tying off those loose ends and time leakages.
If a project is a group of people coming together to build or achieve a common goal, then a better managed and well organised group will be more likely to succeed in their endeavours. Better yet, a very well organised and managed project will be less likely to cause anxiety and undue stress for participants.
Project Management is the means by which the project participants, resources, timescales, budgets and targets are all controlled. A Project Manager ultimately oversees and constrains the project to ensure it is delivered and doesn’t spiral into failure.
cloudThing have a dedicated Project Management Office, which look after all of our projects, with dedicated Project Managers.
The Project Manager runs the development team on a day-to-day basis. He or She holds a daily meeting called a ‘scrum’, where every team member gives a brief update explaining how they are progressing or failing to progress.
The Project Manager then manages and monitors performance, doing their best to assist anyone that is struggling or is unable to move forward, due to a blocker (something is missing or a vital piece of information is needed to proceed, normally Client input).
The Project Manager is the key route of communication between the client and the provider, so it is their duty to obtain whatever information the developer may require, or to provide any extra materials needed as soon as possible, and then get work back on track speedily.
Here at cloudThing, we ordinarily add a ‘Quality Tester’ to a team. They would work closely with the Project Manager and the Client to gain a thorough understanding of the requirements and client expectations from the outset of the project.
This drastically reduces the risk that what we provide is not what the client wanted or needed and means that it is fully tested to be working before released to the client. This is an ongoing process, not just a final stage of the project, as it is frustrating for all parties if the work that is delivered is not what was expected.
To further reduce this risk and therefore delays and unseen costs, our clients are fully involved from the offset, invited to join in every aspect of the project to ensure their satisfaction. To help with this, we work towards deadlines and also allow for flexibility so that in an Agile approach, our clients can add to the list of requirements as the project progresses, or remove and exchange elements that are identified as no longer required.
After all, technologies and businesses change so rapidly that flexibility is important to avoid a project becoming outdated before it is even completed.