Is your project in trouble?
Unfortunately, you are not alone. Software projects are among the most complex things businesses undertake and the rate of failure is still very high. Needless to say that the associated expense is significant. But we can help!
CODE Consulting brings projects from the brink of failure. With deep a knowledge process and business to go along with technical knowledge, we are skilled at finding problems and bottlenecks and implementing solutions. Expert outside determinations and opinions are essential when projects are in trouble and need to be turned around. Often there isn't time for guesses.
Troubled projects are never pretty. Rescuing projects is a struggle and a fight. We do not pretend to be able to "just walk in and things will start going swimmingly". But we do have the know-how and the expertise for a long history of projects to take the appropriate steps and make the right adjustments to put a project back on track.
Types of Rescue
Here are just some of the skills we can bring to your project:
- Architectural Review
- Code Review
- Technical Lead
- Process Analysis
- Requirements Clarification
- Manpower Augmentation
Engaging CODE for Project Rescue
Projects are in trouble for a variety of reasons (although most follow a handful of common patterns) and there is no single solution. The first step towards rescuing a project thus has to be a conversation and an analysis of what went wrong. Rescue operations thus usually start with a meeting (ideally on-site but it can also be done online) to review how bad the mess is and what its nature appear to be. This then helps us to decide on next steps, which usually includes a detailed technical review of some sort. The next step afterwards (which we usually move towards very swiftly as time is often of the essence) is usually that of taking appropriate corrective action.
Initial meeting engagements are usually fixed-price for an agreed upon number of hours. Subsequent steps vary and may be time & materials or hourly block based, although they often are also fixed price (such as for a code review). Further steps (if required) are usually handled on a time & materials basis (or perhaps in the form of pre-paid hourly blocks or as service agreements), as projects on the brink of failure are usually in serious disarray, which usually makes it very difficult to estimate tasks until some level of order has been restored.
Purchasing Our Services
We offer our services in a variety of ways to meet every possible need. Options range from time and materials setups, to hourly blocks and monthly service contracts, and sometimes even fixed price setups (especially for mobile "apps"). Contact us for more information and for a Schedule of Fees.
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Mentoring & Custom Training
There are a lot of choices to be made, a lot of lessons to be learned, and a lot of best practices to find and absorb. CODE Consulting not only explains how to implement your new project, but we help you understand why and when you should make the trade-off to do it a different way. We can work with your team to plan your project and guide you through the difficult parts.
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Prototyping & Proof of Concept
All software projects include risks and unknowns. Will new technology "X" really work as advertised? Will technique "Y" work well for our needs? Will device "Z" really be able to handle everything we expect it to? Will a planned solution to a known problem really solve everything, and will we be able to implement it as quickly as we hope? These are questions that need to be answered sooner rather than later as failures associated with them could spell disaster for any project. Prototypes and Proof of Concept projects are a good way to provide necessary answers. They are also a good way to start projects using small but significant steps.
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