A Recipe For Success
Success starts and finishes with quality project management. At Tri-Core, we work to exemplify this concept at all levels of our organization. With any project, we start by creating a high-level plan, then dive into the details— a top-down approach that has worked for many years with excellent results.
Communication is a cornerstone of any successful project. So we have developed numerous internal processes and tools to ensure effective communication within our team and with our clients. Some of our specialized products are:
Planning For Success
The key to a successful project is adherence to a clear and thorough plan. Because we believe that delivering a high quality product on-time and within budget is our only option, Tri-Core Technologies, LLC. (Tri-Core) constructs our project management plans with the following elements: clear, easily-understood project goals, outlined processes, well-defined guidelines, and a thorough schedule with distinct development phases and periodic breaks for project review.
Excellence is our goal, thus we adhere to the practices recommended by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The PMI’s guiding theory is that there are four variables that work together to ensure the success of any project. A project must:
- Meet the requirements and goals of our client
- Be within the budget
- Be on time
- Add value to our client
- Resources: people, equipment, hardware/software.
- Time: task durations, schedule management, critical path.
- Money: costs, contingencies.
- Scope: project size, goals, requirements.
- Risk: project, client, developers
- Quality: project objectives
Project constraints are always at the center of our planning to ensure projects start with the best possible foundation for success.
With the advent of the Cloud, we are offered virtually unlimited compute and storage resources and an infinite number of solutions to technical problems. Many Cloud projects successfully meet both user needs and project goals, but we have also seen projects fail in the rush to implement the Cloud—by costing users more in recurring costs than originally expected, yielding less flexibility than originally promised or envisioned, failing to deliver the required functionality, using cloud tools ineffectively, or using the incorrect tools all together.
With these experiences in mind, we approach problems with a ‘Cloud Smart’ position, rather than a ‘Cloud First’ position. We work with our clients to determine what is best for them, considering their unique needs in order to methodically implement the most optimal solution, rather than forcing everything to fit the Cloud. Some of the many factors we consider are:
How does the Cloud give more value to the client?
Which Cloud model works best for a particular situation?
What are the recurring costs, and how will they increase?
What regulatory factors impact this project and system data?
What are the data sovereignty and data residency requirements?
The success or failure of a system is often determined by the overall user experience and how the system performs from the user’s perspective. Even systems that have few technical errors and still meet the project goals can be a perceived failure if the system does not operate as expected.
To ensure that the systems we develop are a success, we engage stakeholders and key users very early in the development process and have them work side-by-side with our interface designers and senior developers to create a user interface which meets the needs of the users, accomplishes the overall intent of the task at hand, and fits within the capacity of the development tools.
Risk Management Strategy
To provide the best possible experience for our clients during the development process, we tailor our process for every project. It all begins with the needs and priorities of our clients. We work with both users and managers to identify the baseline for their requirements and gauge their expectations for system function. Then we create a plan to test, measure, and document the results to affirm that the system is producing the expected quality. Some examples of Quality Control mechanisms we employ are: