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Implementation, Technology, and Industry

Implementation Required

"The answer to the question of whether implementation is required as a part of the project is a straightforward 'yes' or 'no', which belies the otherwise large impact that implementation has on the project's level of complexity. It refers to the need to launch some sort of application into the real world after building, integrating, or customizing it."

"The aforementioned proof of concepts, which highlights technology problems early in the project life cycle and provides more time for correction, should be leveraged when implementation is a requirement."

Degree of Unproven Technology

"The answer to the question of whether unproven technology is being used on the project is 'yes' or 'no'. An answer of 'yes' must be accompanied by more information to determine the level of impact this will have on the project timelines, budget, or people. Implementation requirements are exacerbated with the use of unproven technology as part of the solution. This has become a significant problem with the continuing growth of new technologies and the release of new versions of existing technologies. Offshore development is adding further strain. Integration issues can exist at any point that the technologies touch."

"Early integration test beds should be used to validate the selected technology in parallel with the development activities. The testing can be performed with a minimum set of business functions, as the purpose of these activities is primarily to prove connectivity between the technology components."

Type of Industry

"Common industry groupings include the following: financial (includes banking, insurance, and security as subgroupings), retail, manufacturing (with automobile, hi-tech, aerospace, and pharmaceuticals being subgroupings), entertainment, healthcare, government, and energy."

"Industries tend to exhibit their own cultures that impact how a project can be executed. Financial systems, obviously, have a strong emphasis on number crunching and balancing. Long test cycles are expected."

"An entertainment-based solution, on the other hand, receives a premium for creativity. It is not complex per se, but an enormous amount of effort will be spent on details of appearance and content. Entertainment solutions will also likely be tied to some marketing campaigns so time of delivery will also be a key metric. Launching a movie site after a movie is in the theatres is not valuable."


The above is an excerpt from a book written by Sanjiv Purba and Joseph Zucchero, published by McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2100 Powell Street, 10th Floor, Emeryville, California 94608 U.S.A. Sanjiv has over 20 years of experience managing large projects and many years engaged in rescuing ailing projects.