The short answer is, no. For years, companies have struggled with managing the constraints presented in the project management triangle. It doesn’t have to be a struggle. In fact, now more than ever, businesses are primed to achieve all three without sacrifice with the help and adoption of agile methodologies, test driven development best practices, and global delivery centers.
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Historically, the project management triangle suggested that the quality of work can be constrained by the project’s budget, deadlines and scope. This leaves the project manager responsible for deciding which of the three corners to constrain. That’s often a costly decision as it poses a financial risk that ultimately affects the bottom line.
But what if you could have all three? The Trifecta of Project Management
It’s critical to combine company best practices and company culture to integrate teams from across the globe to successfully carry out all three sections of the triangle. This change to an existing company’s culture is hard. However, a global delivery center model is the most successful outsourcing model that offers a variety of expert resources from different fields available in centers across the globe. By partnering with these companies, typically global consulting firms, businesses will benefit from quality, timely and affordable projects, delivered by highly skilled experts.
While reaping the benefits of a global delivery center partnership, many software developers today still feel the pressure of keeping the lights on. They fall prey to inherited legacy software that was developed at a different time and under different circumstances. The pace of today’s technology environment has changed. Therefore, so must the process of developing and maintaining proprietary software that allow companies to operate efficiently and effectively. By implementing technical excellence, in which software is developed in the most maintainable and testable way, companies may maximize the amount of code they don’t write and only solve problems they actually have.
For businesses to achieve the final component of the trifecta, they must blend technical excellence with an agile method. Not only will this reduce time spent on debugging, it will also foster an environment that helps teams focus on rapid delivery of business value. With Agile, managing software development will allow for continuous improvement, flexibility, input from all team members, and the delivery of results with high quality.
About the Author
Frank Trainer leads our Technical Excellence practice. He is an expert in creating consistently effective, self-managing teams that deliver high-quality, value-added software in a timely manner. He is particularly passionate about helping certain clients to leverage technology to its fullest.
Prior to joining Saggezza, Frank was a consultant for high-level companies in Chicago.
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