Tag Archives: Project Management

How our Developers Provide the Project Estimate

In over ten years of existence we’ve picked up a fair share of expert knowledge on many different projects. This makes our team of over 50 developers and systems administrators all highly experienced and dedicated professionals. All of whom possess Brainbench, Retratech, MCP, RHCE and MCSE certification and are backed by an expert, PMI/UPMA certified management team.

Why is this important when it comes to an accurate quotation that genuinely reflects the quality and complexity of work you require? When using inexperienced developers (or those with irrelevant qualifications), they will almost always send back a quote that – when broken down – shows a lack of understanding for the project’s wants and needs in terms of their time and expertise. This is often down to a lack of confidence on the part of the ill-experienced contractor that ultimately means large risks on the part of you – the client. This is true with all kinds of freelancers and contractors that lack the skills and quality to provide the assurances you need to make sure your project comes in on time, on budget and to your exact specifications.

A similar problem can occur with lone freelancers, who may have the relevant skills, but not the time to properly dedicate themselves to a project; once again leading to costs over and above the original estimate.

Conversely, a good developer, working with a strong team can accurately match and compare the skillset of the team to the various aspects of the works. Assigning various packages to the most suitable and able members regardless of experience, common problems that can affect project estimation will always include:

  • Simply extending and building on a previous project, meaning a break in code and unity,
  • Integrating unknown third party services to another API with unreliable updates and patches,
  • Unpredictable system behavior once the changes have been made,
  • Complex custom tasks for niche markets, and the difficulty in finding people with the right experience.

This wide gap in experience and quality is generally the reason behind the discrepancy in estimated costs you may see. Contractor “X” may have offered the cheapest, but have they covered all the needs and outcomes you require, furthermore taking into account the points above. These are the questions you need to ask when faced with widely disparate quotes for the same piece of work.

All of these hurdles can be overcome by choosing a highly qualified, and widely sourced team, who take an individual and flexible approach to every client and every job, to provide your quotation. That’s why, by working closely with you, we at Itera Research will always pick the best and most appropriate methodology; as a result all estimates take into account your bespoke requirements.

 

Sincerely,

Itera Research team

 

When and Why Do You Need a Project Manager?

While negotiating with our prospects and clients, we were frequently asked about the role and necessity of a Project Manager. We saw that they had the wrong impression of what a project manager actually does and didn’t fully recognize how important of a part project management plays. In order to get all the benefits of utilizing a Project Manager, it is important to identify and understand a situation when one is needed.

Let’s consider several cases.

You have a range of projects

or

You want to create a website or mobile app from scratch.

Please check our previous articles  “How to Start Your Website” and “4 Steps to Starting a Mobile App Development”.

These cases lead to the situation when a Project team or even several teams will be involved. The Project team may include a variable number of members based on the project requirements. For example, a Graphics Designer, Front-end developers, Back-end developers, iOS/Android developers, QA engineers, System Administrator, SEO specialist etc. could be brought in, if necessary. The role of the project manager here is to plan and coordinate work flow in order to make the process as smooth as possible. Some aspects of the project can only be executed one at a time or simultaneously. In a nutshell, the Project Manager’s responsibility is to organize the process efficiently in terms of time and a worker’s ability to accomplish a specific task.

But what if you have several tasks to handle or a list of bugs to fix?

You have a small project.

Isn’t it easier to address the issues directly to the developer? Our answer is a resounding “No”, and here is the reason why.

In most organizations, unless you have a Dedicated team or professionals (more about Business models can be found here), then team members are not assigned full time to any given project, but only part time. Human nature, unfortunately, is such that we tend to focus on the activities that we are reminded of – those that seem “urgent”. In this case, a Project Manager takes control over the work being done on your project so that it gets prioritized above other activities that they have been tasked to do, allowing the project to progress.

The Project Manager’s role in our company consists of handling the overall responsibility for the successful planning, execution, monitoring, control and closure of a project, regardless of the size or scope.

 

Sincerely,

Itera Research team