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Intrascope has developed its own inhouse Rapid project Deployment Method (RpDM ™ pending) – whilst primarily geared to towards fastracking stalled or delayed projects the same principles and methods may also be applied to new projects.

Whilst there are a multitude of rapid systems development, rapid team deployments and rapid implementation methods, applying rapid methods to full end-end projects is certainly not the recommended approach – good planning should negate any necessity to fastrack projects. However certain critical business situations may require that a project is fastracked to delivery without adherence to project management best practices. This may exclude elements such as risk mitigation, full detailed designs, individual component validations, lab testing, stage gating or the need to run stages in parallel.

Using Intrascope’s experience of managing stalled, failing and failed projects we have developed RpDM (™ pending) a methodology that allows our project managers to drastically reduce the deployment timescales and ‘time to market’. In some cases business critical elements of the deployment are released with a follow-up release or deployment soon afterwards. Many projects are fastracked mid-way through their life-cycle with concessions carried forward for later implementation, Intrascope aims to ‘plan in’ and capture these elements during the initial project stages.

The deployment lifecycle model and methodology are geared specifically for use in IT infrastructure projects. RpDM draws on proven IT project management methodologies, but strips away a lot of the overhead that can make these methods cumbersome when applied to infrastructure projects. The result is a compact lifecycle model and set of methods that can bring real benefits to even small IT infrastructure projects, without the additional time, complication and cost often required to implement a more traditional lifecycle model. RpDM divides the infrastructure project lifecycle into four key Phases:

Phase 1: Requirements Analysis
Phase 2: Solution Design
Phase 3: Deployment
Phase 4: Operational Support

Each of these stages is performed according to a simple and flexible set of methods. Close monitoring and control is implicit throughout all phases, assuring a proper balance between risk, cost and quality is maintained. Each Phase also produces a defined set of deliverables for use as input to the next; all such deliverables become the property of the client. Today’s businesses face an increasingly difficult challenge in making the best use of technology in support of business objectives. All too often technology fails to deliver real business benefits, usually because it has been poorly designed for the task or else improperly implemented. Costs too have a habit of increasing way beyond those initially budgeted for, often because the effort involved in managing even a small infrastructure project has been underestimated, and therefore the benefits that can be realised through exercising proper management and control are rarely seen. Intrascope’s approach to IT infrastructure projects is based on the assumption that all IT infrastructure projects, regardless of their size or complexity, benefit from exercising sound project management principles right from the outset. By implementing a suitable project lifecycle and actively managing the project within this framework, real benefits can be seen, not least:

  • A more complete understanding of project costs and timescales;
  • A technical solution that meets the business requirements;
  • The ability to accommodate change during the project in a controlled fashion;
  • A reduction in the amount of disruption caused during implementation;
  • A far greater chance of project success, and therefore achieving real business benefit.

For further details and to see whether this can be applied to any of your projects please contact one of our consultants for an appointment.

 
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