Our methodology is based on PMI's project management standards and five project phases which we call our "Systems Implement Methodology". Experience has taught us to use these methodologies as a guide to achieving engagement goals, as opposed to a set of hard fast rules. Every engagement is slightly different and sometimes certain steps aren't practical. We understand that, and use common sense to keep things moving forward quickly and with minimum investment on your part.
In the Definition Phase, we clearly define the elements required to successfully implement an initiative.
- Organize and Kick-Off the Project
- Define the Business Initiative and Objectives
- Establish that the Business Objectives are Achievable
- Define the Requirements
- Develop Scope of Work
- Flesh-Out Undefined Opportunities
- Define Implementation Requirements
The Design Phase includes the development of specifications and the selection of systems.
- Clearly Define the Detail Business Specifications
- Establish Relationships and Select System Vendors
- Develop Technical Design Specifications
- Develop High Level Implementation Plans
The Build Phase is the development of new or enhanced systems, interfaces and procedures.
- Build the Technology Platform
- Setup and Configure Application Software
- Develop Custom Interfaces, Reporting and Applications
- Develop New Procedures
The Validation Phase ensures that new systems achieve the initiative's goals.
- Validate the System Function According to Specifications
- Validate Interface Functions and Exchange of Data According to Specifications
- Get User Approval and Sign-Off
- Ensure Compliance with Sarbanes Oxley
- Validate Controls, Audits and Procedures
The Implementation Phase is the actual transition to the new systems and procedures.
- End User Training
- Cut Over to New Systems and Procedures
- Provide Initial Support
- Remediate Post Implementation Issues
- Transition Systems Support and Maintenance to IT Department