Our Approach to Custom Application Development
A strong beginning is crucial to a good finish. To avoid being part of the 75% of projects that IT managers believe are "doomed to fail right from the start", it is essential to have a good process from the beginning. We find that looking at a project from the perspective of Organizing, Formalizing, Implementing, and Monitoring (OFIM) greatly aids in success and mitigates many common issues. This is done by first identifying what we are trying to accomplish from a business perspective; this organizing phase correlates closely to the Defining Stage of Six Sigma. Next, it is essential to Formalize what the plan is that is going to be taken; if this is an AGILE project, we will obviously steer clear of Big Planning Up Front, but if we are following a traditional Waterfall project, we will spend a large amount of time defining exactly what needs to be accomplished. AGILE or Waterfall, we will carefully Measure and Analyze the various inputs to better ensure good quality of output. After we perform our preparation, we begin a stage where we Implement, or Improve, the Application for your business, this stage will cover Development, Internal Testing and Remediation, and UAT (User Acceptance Testing).
Just testing and implementing a solution does not ensure future success – in the rapidly changing era that we live in today, it is essential that we Monitor and Maintain the results and actions through a continuous feedback cycle. By following proven processes and carefully controlling our follow-up activities through a continuous improvement cycle, we can continue to capitalize on your business opportunities and continually address any weaknesses that may become apparent.