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Project Management

tttSmartideas Inc focuses on planning and organizing a project and its resources. We identify and manage the lifecycle to be used, applying it to the your design process.Our purpose/vision and goals of the project are maintained, all while supporting the audiences’ tasks and objectives.

Areas within Project Management

Smartideas Inc has identified nine areas of knowledge within project management:

  1. Integration Management
  2. scope Management
  3. Time Management
  4. Cost Management
  5. Quality Management
  6. Human Resource Management
  7. Communication Management
  8. Risk Management
  9. Procurement Management

Building a Team and Encouraging Communication

Our team will communicate and collaborate with one another.  This includes discussing upfront:

  • Planned/ regular meetings
  • Being formal
  • Daily meetings will be held
  • Our team share and collaborate on documents
  • Workflow for decisions and approval

Project Phases, Life Cycles, and Design Principles

wwwIn Smartideas Inc projects are typically broken down into phases.  Each phase outlines the work that needs to be done and who is involved.  Generally, for each phase to be considered complete, specific deliverables are completed and handed off.  We also implement fast tracking, which is when phases are overlapped.

A lifecycle defines the beginning and end of the project; it represents all of the phases together.  When defining the project’s life cycle, the first phase is noted as Step 0.  It usually captures the visioning and conceptualizing of the project.

Project Plan and Charter Agreement

When defining your project, we come up with a project plan that the team agrees to upfront so that it can serve as a reference point throughout the project. While outlining the plan, we note how you plan to include user-centered design best practices and methodologies. Our project plans outline:

  • Objectives
  • Scope, which correlates to the requirements
  • Resources, including technology, budget, and team roles and responsibilities
  • Schedule
  • Assumptions
  • Dependencies
  • Risk Assessment And Management Plan
  • Change Control Plan

Creating a Schedule

We schedule the project because schedules are an important part of project management because they help us measure our progress as the project moves along. They also help to outline how each of our team member’s part fits into the overall picture and demonstrate the dependencies.Schedules reflect the life cycle broken down into specific deliverables and touch points.  It defines what needs to be done and who is the point of contact responsible for the work.

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