24 Apr How a Project Manager Keeps Custom Software Development on Track
So, you’ve decided to boost your business with a custom software solution – wise choice. But naturally, we’re sure you have some concerns about how your project will be managed. Don’t worry, our Project Manager has got it covered.
“Our clients tell us their needs, and our developers figure out the best approach to make that possible for them. Project Managers are the ones who make sure what clients want and how our team implements those wants are completely aligned and seamless.” – Rachel Irelan, Project Manager
As Project Manager, my role is to identify what work must be accomplished and the project deliverables that need to be generated and reviewed. I identify the key players that will be involved to ensure success and am responsible for keeping the project on tract while managing each phase.
After the contract has been agreed, I develop an initial project plan, identifying what additional resources will be needed, who the stakeholders are, a communication plan, and how we can best meet the client’s needs.
In order to identify the full scope of the project and refine the plan, I work alongside Inverse-Square’s Business Analyst and the project Stakeholders gathering requirements and identifying any potential risks that we may encounter. Then, the Business Analyst and I meet with the designer to ensure that we execute the objectives and deliverables agreed upon with the client.
Once the client approves the design, I work with the development team to estimate the time needed to develop the application’s features and then build a full project plan defining the scope, milestones, risks and timelines which is then validated by the Stakeholders, Business Analyst and Lead Developer.
When the custom software development is underway, I monitor the project to see if milestones are being met, risks are avoided, the quality is up to code and timelines are being kept to, communicating updates to the Stakeholders and making adjustments as needed.
Upon completion of the application, a final review of the delivered product is conducted with the Stakeholders and I address any concerns that they may have.
Frequently, clients see the potential of their custom application and want to develop additional features. When this happens, we recommend an ongoing Enhancement and Support engagement. A new release schedule is then planned to address the new features and any future maintenance needs. I strongly recommend this type of plan as it offers the clients the flexibility to grow and change their application as they do.
The challenge of keeping the many components of custom software development projects on track should be met with strong communication skills, technical knowledge, attention to detail, and a customer service-oriented attitude. At Inverse-Square, we have that covered.
Want to learn more about our Project Manager, Rachel? Read her bio here.