The State of Enterprise Software.

Top companies invest heavily in people, technology and leaders that are passionate about transforming their applications to improve the quality and responsiveness of their business.

What is the point of technology if it does not make life simpler, the journey smoother and faster for delivering services to customers in a reliable way? How do the best companies overcome the challenges and consistently deliver smarter, faster and better solutions?

We’ve all been there! Joining a project that is facing the daunting reality of missing it’s key objectives of budget, timescale and having to deliver some bad news on quality. Great companies hire great teams who are empowered to proactively catch problems early and act quickly to nip issues before they fester and become an annoyance.

The best teams can easily take a project from concept through to completion and achieve a genuine sense of fulfilling a promise to deliver results quickly, under budget and exceeding customer expectations. Handing over a project and witnessing a rapid adoption by customers is without doubt the final seal of validation. It’s an amazing feeling for all concerned!

The challenge with many large organisations is that the relationships between stakeholders and senior leadership are complex and span across geographies / departments. Also, the scale of investment required to deliver transformational change is often so huge that the governance and approvals process becomes a significant burden to progress. The need to constantly justify and seek approval is counter-productive and has a paralysing effect.

An effective agile team is one where every person pulls their weight to make life easier for their colleagues. Once a strategy and approach has been agreed, the project team should communicate freely and easily to maintain traceability of requirements and design / build / test artifacts. Losing traceability is the equivalent of losing control of the steering wheel of your car whilst driving at 70mph. Not good!

A typical project will have multiple development teams with several developers assigned to build key objects and components. The compounding effect on the risk and scale of mismatches that will surface during the integration phase of major sub-components increases dramatically. The later we identify and attempt to resolve issues during the project lifecycle the greater the impact on schedule, cost and quality.

Contact me if you have a requirement for an experienced technical delivery manager to help you stem the tide of challenges and issues your technology projects are facing. Project management is not simply about managing lists and raid logs. An experienced hands on technical delivery manager will engender trust, set out clear objectives and responsibilities across your technology and business teams. Adopting a traceable project methodology will help your business stakeholders deliver an exceptional user experience for your customers.