Project Planning – Our Approach

At Centium Consulting, a common saying we use is, “plan the work, and work the plan”.  Quite simply, a well-planned project is one that is setup for success right from the start.  Because of this, detailed project planning is core to how we initiate and deliver on projects of all sizes and complexities.

Our approach to project planning starts with defining the scope of the project, which includes determining:

  • What are the customer’s specific application requirements?
  • What functionality and processes are in scope?
  • What data is in scope for conversion?
  • What customizations and reports, both known and unknown, do we need to plan to deliver?
  • How will user training be delivered?

Once the initial scope is determined, we then proceed with establishing the effort required to accomplish all of the applicable project tasks.  The estimated effort for each project task is based upon our experience in regards to what needs to be accomplished and how long it takes to get it done.   We utilize an established set of tasks that are relevant for any project, and go through each and every one during the project planning process to assess whether or not it’s applicable, and if so, how much effort needs to be assigned to complete that task.  The assessment of effort is performed with a high degree of attention to detail infused with experience.  Project planning must be realistic.  An unrealistic plan is one where you hope that everything works out.  Hope is not a strategy for success.

NetSuite Project Planning – How it All Comes Together

Another common saying we use is, “the work is the work”.  What that means is that the total effort to deliver on the scope and goals of the project is set, and it now just becomes a matter of determining who is responsible for accomplishing the work.  Key considerations that come into play at this juncture in the project planning process include:

  • What is the desired timeline?
  • How many resources are needed to complete the work in the expected timeframe?
  • How many resources will be participating in the project on the customer side?
  • How much time will the customer resources be allocating to the project?
  • What is the skill/experience of each resource?
  • Based upon customer resource involvement, how many consulting resources will be needed?

A key driver of resource requirements during the project planning process is the overall duration, which is a big reason we stress the need to develop a resource loaded plan for every project we deliver.  Duration is important as it drives how many resources would be needed to accomplish the tasks within the given timeframe.  For example, if there’s a project with a total effort of 1,200 hours which is planned to complete in a 10 week span, that comes out to 120 hours of effort per week.   If there is only one resource planned to deliver that work, chances are that the project will not be successful in regards to completing within that duration.  If you consider the total effort along with the planned duration, then you’ll be able to determine an accurate assessment of the number of resources that would be required, which will in turn position the project to succeed.  A resource loaded plan will lay out the workload for each resource to complete the applicable project tasks, which will validate how realistic the plan is and whether or not it’s positioned for success.

Project Planning – The Centium Way

The detailed project planning that Centium brings to everything we do is a differentiator.  Some companies will approach projects by throwing a generic bucket of hours towards a project, but we do not operate that way.  We put in the detailed effort up front to plan the projects we deliver, because doing it right, directly from the start, is how the goals and vision of the project come to fruition.

Contact us today to learn how Centium can help plan your NetSuite project!