What does project management entail?
Project management is a broad discipline encompassing the planning, execution, and oversight of a given project. Proper project management can make or break a software solution. On one hand, if a project is diligently planned, properly executed, contingencies are dealt with swiftly and properly, and the overall process flow is monitored and adjusted as necessary, a given software solution can complete on time, within budget, and would encompass all required functionality. On the other hand, if any of the project management topics are neglected, the project will likely complete late, outside of budget, or with missing or inadequate functionality.
Effects of inadequate project management
Inadequate project management can cause a variety of effects on the project, all of which would be detrimental to the client's software solution:
- Improper understanding of the scope or needed functionality. If project requirements are not clearly defined and discussed, different members of the development team might have different understanding as to the needed functionality for the software solution. This could result in features that are either entirely missing or do not properly address the requirements.
- Inaccurate time estimates and late completion. It is very easy for a software project to quickly start lagging behind schedule if proper project management techniques are not used from day one. There are various reasons for this. For example, if the activities amongst the various developers are not properly monitored or coordinated, then changes or re-writes to application code would be needed to make the various modules work together properly. If the responsibilities of each team member are not properly laid out, then certain task(s) may "fall through the cracks" and not be completed by anyone, thus halting project momentum while that missing item is resolved when its absence is discovered. Additionally, application code may need to be re-written or changed if project requirements are not properly understood and implemented by each developer.
- Lack of confidence by the client and other key stakeholders. Clients can often detect when their software development projects are not being managed properly. Although the effects of improper project management may not be immediately obvious, they do tend to become visible after a certain amount of time, especially when a few minor issues accumulate and eventually amount to large set-backs or disappointments in the project.
- Cumbersome or unmaintainable solutions. Most clients would like their software solutions to not only meet their current needs, but also to be expandable to grow with the evolving needs of the business world. Another difficult side-effect of improper project management is that the solution may properly fulfil the client's current needs but is not written with future expandability in mind. This type of management failure can be hard to detect, because it may not become evident until the future expansions or improvements are attempted. A project that was not managed with this important concept in mind would cause additional time and expense to encompass the future functionality.
How does Essential Algorithms Solutions ensure that projects are properly managed?
E.A.S. employs experienced project managers who have both project management and hands-on development experience. This ensures that the managers controlling the flow of the project are knowledgeable and practiced on both the practical and supervisory functions of software development. E.A.S. does not hire just one particular profile of project manager. Amongst our ranks are Six Sigma black belts, Certified ScrumMasters, certified Project Management Professionals (PMP), PMI Agile certified professionals, Risk Management Professionals, and PMI Certified Scheduling Professionals. This mix of project management talent ensures that E.A.S. has the proper management talent available for nearly any type of software solution. The proper "mix" of management techniques is determined on a case-by-case basis, because no one management philosophy can provide ideal support to all software projects.
As a result of this strong management mix, E.A.S.'s projects are characterized with these positive attributes:
- On time and on budget. One of the most important priorities of clients is the fact that their project is completed on time and within budget. At E.A.S., we consider this a top priority and ensure that timely completion is balanced with high-quality work.
- Relevant to the client's business or industry. E.A.S.'s Software Development Lifecycle begins with taking the time to become familiar with the client's overall business philosophy, operations, and needs, prior to beginning the traditional project planning process. Thus, clients can expect solutions from E.A.S. to be completely "custom-tailored" and in-line with the specifics of the business needs.
- Innovative. E.A.S.'s project management philosophy ensures that the solution is the most innovative and cutting-edge. Part of the project's planning phase involves doing a thorough up-to-date investigation of the "state of the technology" relevant to the client's software project. If new or improved technology, libraries, or tools are available, E.A.S. will thoroughly explore those solutions and provide recommendations to the client prior to the creation of the finalized project roadmap.
- Expandable. The actual programming process is closely supervised to ensure that all solutions are as reasonably versatile and "loosely coupled" as possible to permit future expandability for evolving business needs.