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Moose Guide: Finding Common Enemies for Better Client Relationships

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In order to build and maintain a collaborative spirit between all members of a custom software development project team, we must find ways for everyone to see the entire team as their own “in-group”. First we must create a solid foundation for the project by adopting a project management process that can be clearly articulated. Then we must be sure that everyone on the team is comfortable with the process through clear and consistent communication every step of the way. Finally, we must make sure that the entire team, including the future consumers of the software, has a solid understanding of how the technology works, so we can set reasonable expectations about the final delivered system. With a collaborative foundation in place for projects, project managers can guide the project team through the development process using techniques outlined in this guide to convert blown budgets, scope creep, and missed timelines into common enemies that everyone on the team will look to defeat. When we work together toward shared goals and against shared enemies, project teams collaboratively strive to make software development projects successful for everyone. Looks like you found a page that's for members only. Username Password Remember Me   […]

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Moose Guide: Ten Elements of a Software Development Project

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Each time you execute a custom software development project, whether it’s a business app, mobile app, or website, you are working through—or reacting to—each of the following ten elements of that project. Implementing a specific and intentional process for each of these elements is critical for a software consultant to consistently execute successful projects. Discovery - information gathering process to identify the problem Scope - definition of the proposed solution Kick-Off - initial meeting following project approval Planning - ongoing sessions to further define the solution Development - creation of the software Testing - internal debugging and feature testing Review - ongoing sessions to review and approve features Reporting - status reports to the team on budget and status Changes - new ideas or features that emerge during the project Delivery - deployment of the new system or new features If you struggle with project management or simply think that you could do better, the first step is to analyze how you approach each of these ten elements of a project. If you can’t articulate how you address them during your projects, or if members of your team are acting on them differently, then you have plenty of room for […]

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What’s a MOOSE GUIDE?

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Moose Guides are deep dives into the work life topics we're exploring here at Elusive Moose. Molly and I love to share the knowledge and experience we've gained over the years as consultants and to tap our vast network of experts and colleagues who have overcome the same challenges you face in your work life as a freelance consultant. Our blog and podcast are the primary channels to share that information with the universe, but sometimes we're inspired to dig a little deeper into a particular topic. So, we're developing a series of Moose Guides, downloadable white papers and reports, exclusively for our Elusive Moose members to address the feedback we receive from you, our readers and listeners, explore important work life topics in greater depth, and offer you even more practical and tactical information to help you improve and maintain a healthy work life. Moose Guides will be published as they become available and are included with Elusive Moose memberships. Here are some guides that we're currently working on: Ten elements of a project: a guide to self audit your process Accounting basics for consultants: what you need to know Internal systems: what we use to manage our work and why Don't hesitate to […]

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