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How Apprenda Approaches Project Management

Michael Phillips

By Michael Phillips8.19.15

Project Management

Many companies claim to use the Project Management Institute’s best practices and methodologies, but once you look closer, you’ll notice that most of them have little or no set standards centered on project management excellence and project roll out. This can lead to projects running over budget, past deadlines and produce a product which the end customer really didn’t ask for in the first place.

At Apprenda, we adhere to strict project management methodologies. We take this systematic and time-proven approach because we believe it will always ultimately reward a customer with a project that is a complete success (completed on time, within budget and within scope).

For those not familiar with the project management world, a project is typically “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result.” Projects are a means of organizing activities that cannot be addressed within the organization’s normal operational limits. Projects are, therefore, often utilized as a means of achieving an organization’s strategic plan.

Every successful project should have at least the following components:

1. Project Charter – Authorizing a project (includes funding)
2. Scope Statement – Includes only the work required to successfully complete the project (and only that work)
3. Project Management Plan – Documenting the tasks and milestones to be assigned, worked and completed
4. Project Execution – Performing the work
5. Monitor and Control – Make sure you are meeting the performance objectives
6. Change Control – Controlling changes to the deliverables & organizational process assets
7. Close Project – Includes lessons learned for the next project

Here at Apprenda implementing strict project management methodologies help us focus more on important tasks such as leading, innovating and delivering our core set of PaaS products and services, while at the same time improving efficiency and performance for the customer. We define a methodology as a set of customized project management processes to fit objectives, practices, and environments. This methodology usually integrates knowledge about how our customer conducts its business, including requirements and processes, as well as key aspects of culture and capabilities.

A methodology provides consistency for both project managers and team members. Common tools, templates and other resources including the Project Management Body of Knowledge help project managers meet goals and team members better understand their contributions.

At the end of the day, we want to achieve total integration management, which includes unification, consolidation, articulation, and integrative actions that are crucial to project completion. These PM standards can help meet customer and stakeholder requirements and manage expectations.

Along with the use of JIRA and Confluence and leveraging the standard PMI methodology, our Apprenda Client Services team is a tight, formidable organization. This all correlates back to not only a successful project roll out, but a happy customer with a truly successful PaaS implementation.

 

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Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips is a project manager for Apprenda and has more than 20 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Apprenda's client services team, Michael was a program manager for EMC and a vice president at Goldman Sachs.

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