Architect's Master Class

Project Design

IDesign's project design consulting engagement is a week-long, effective and efficient way of designing the project required to build your software system. IDesign will help your project manager and architect produce not one project plan, but several plans representing different project design options. Each of these options is a structured, comprehensive and objective combination of schedule, cost, and risk. It is then up to the project manager and the architect to present these options to management and to recommend the best project design option.

IDesign arrives at these project design options using a battle-proven, repeatable, highly engineered analysis and design method that stems from your system architecture. As such, the pre-requisite for the project design engagement is your system architecture.

IDesign will analyze the dependencies between all activities in the projects, from building services to UI design and system testing. IDesign will next use both dedicated tools and methodology to estimate the duration and effort involved with these activities. For each project design option (which comprises of resources availability, priorities, constraints, ability to work in parallel, etc) IDesign will do critical path analysis to determine the overall duration and cost, and will quantify the risk using our original risk modeling technique. Each option is systematically captured using not just a Gantt chart, but also a network diagram, staffing distribution chart, planned earned value and planned effort. All these in turn help you assess the viability of each project design option.

IDesign will then compare all the options in terms of required productivity, risk and feasibility, and even determine the optimal plan. Our track record in designing projects is unmatched in its accuracy and reliability. Our method for project design converges quickly to the best project design option while eliminating gambling, death marches, wishful thinking, and expensive trial and errors.

Through the engagement IDesign will share our thought process, experience, insight, tools, ideas, techniques and templates, so that you understand the behavior of your project and how it is affected by limiting resource and schedule, and what recurring techniques and approaches to leverage as you cope with constraints.

IDesign will also equip you with the tools and techniques to use once the project execution begins. IDesign will show you how to correctly handle changes to priorities, resources, deadlines, estimations and features, allowing you to constantly stay on schedule and on budget.

Click here to watch an MSDN webcast outlining some of our planning and tracking techniques and here for additional information.

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