We know that in software a project is divided into to sections: the first 90% and the last 90%. We don't forget either.
Entrance utilizes best practices from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Any project plan from Entrance will consider and include an exhaustive set of items from business requirements gathering through development and deployment to final documentation.
We account for activities that some less-experienced companies overlook: Time for client input and iterations is a standard part of our planning, as well as time for coordination in multi-person projects etc. Depending on the scope, we also offer quality assurance, demos and training, so that we are assured that our delivered product fully meets your requirements. We give clients full visibility into our consultants’ hours, so that you can see the productivity level on a continuous basis.
When you begin a project with us, you can rest assured that your project will be estimated accurately, communicated professionally and executed successfully.
At the beginning of the project
Entrance conducts a project kick-off where the following items are covered:
- Project Team (includes the Client team and Entrance team)
- Enumeration of the Project Stakeholders
- Review of the Scope, Schedule, and Budget
- Communication Plan
Throughout the Project
- Entrance provides regular written status reports that detail accomplishments for the reporting period, work to be completed in the next reporting period, a running Risk Register, and budget expended to date.
- Our invoices provide a full accounting of hours expended on the project with a description for each time entry posted by each consultant working on the project.
- Regular “Stand-up” meetings are held where each individual provides status to the team by addressing three below questions.The Client team is always invited to attend these meetings to obtain visibility into the status of the project.
- What did you accomplish yesterday?
- What are you going to work on today?
- Do you have any impediments that require assistance?
At the end of the project
- Final deliverables are accompanied by a Deliverable Acceptance document signed by the Client to indicate formal acceptance of the deliverable.
- Entrance conducts a Project Close-out and Review with the Client Team where the following items are addressed:
- A review of the Solution
- Performance against schedule and budget
- Any open risks / issues
- The Maintenance and Support plan
- After Close-out is complete, Entrance provides a Project Closure document. When signed, it indicates that the project is complete and can transition into the Maintenance and Support phase.