Posts Tagged ‘software package selection process’

Phase Zero

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

I had an email from a guy in Europe who was being asked to manage a project he was convinced would fail. What should he do? He had been an avid reader of the white papers on our site, and said they seemed to be written from a very pragmatic viewpoint. He was looking for some common sense advice about his situation. Should he resign?
Fortunately for Kurt, the answer was a little less drastic. We make available a phase of our Software Package Selection Process – SP2 on our site to show the product to potential purchasers. The phase is Phase Zero which examines if a project is ready to start, and identifies where it is likely to fail. I pointed him to the site, and he used the material there to run his own Phase Zero. The result was the project was postponed indefinitely.
Problems included

  • A lack of clarity as to what the project was trying to achieve
  • Disagreement amongst the key stakeholders as to what would be delivered
  • Business resources not available
  • Unrealistic expectations as to what it would cost.

The last point was interesting in that a senior executive estimated the budget could be completed for a particular amount of money.  She also believed it would need 4 people full time for a period of 6 months.  Simple maths to calculate the cost of four people for the 6 month, was double what she estimated the total cost of the project would be.  That was before the equipment to be purchased as part of the project was factored in.  When it was pointed out that the cost would be four times what she was estimating, she immediately wanted the project cancelled.

Phase Zero is critical to the success of any project.  It requires little effort and can avoid the organisation wasting considerable time, money and effort.  To read more about Phase Zero in our Software Package Selection Process click here

White Paper on Contract Bidding and Technology Evaluation

Monday, February 8th, 2010

This white paper focuses on the management perspective of different project proposal evaluation methodologies in the procurement processes. Our goal is to introduce in details as to how proposal evaluations take place in procurement management processes using both literatures and industrial experience. We list out building blocks of the process, types of models and methodologies, evaluate and unified different processes and models. We also highlight insights on what you can do to win the contracts. The references are mostly from Information Technology industry and academia literature.

The in depth technical, environmental evaluation attributes will only be highlighted in this paper. The details would not be addressed in this paper.

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Presentation on Selecting Software Packages

Friday, October 16th, 2009

For those people located in Sydney Australia, we will be presenting at the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Project Management Special Interest Group on Wednesday 21 October on the topic “Selecting a Software Package”. The time is 6:15 pm at Suter Room, C2, 220 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000 – Wesley Conference Centre. As part of the presentation we will be demonstrating our online Software Package Selection Process tool.
You need to register. CLICK HERE Entry is free for ACS members and $15 for non-members.

If you are involved in projects that lead to a software package selection, this is a great opportunity to improve your skills, impress your boss, and get a raise!!