At Plan to Action we offer a variety of engagement options and can customize a solution to your specific needs. Here are some of the ways that we engage with clients:
Strategy & Roadmap Definition
During the budget cycle it makes sense to review the project roadmap to ensure it still meets the business demands. When there are changes in leadership or massive shifts in business strategy, this effort may require more than a cursory glance and nod. A disciplined approach that engages and aligns multiple teams is utilized to ensure that the business drivers and perceived ROI map to the technology projects in the roadmap. Architecture is engaged to ensure that the right tools are used within the approved portfolio. Plan to Action has helped several companies ensure that their technology roadmap is in alignment with corporate strategy through a series of facilitated workshops with business sponsors. This is typically a short engagement model, running approximately 6-12 weeks with a part-time, not to exceed statement of work that leverages a very small consulting team. Most of the meeting preparation is done off-site while the workshops are done on-site.
Agile Project Prototype & Tool Implementation
For the enterprise that wants to “try before you buy” and better understand the team impacts of “Going Agile” on their organization, we recommend leveraging the Agile tool kit for a smaller, lower profile project first. As part of that project we would define, configure and utilize Atlassian tools and plug-ins to manage the project from inception to go-live. Included in this service offering is the
- Agile tool needs assessment
- Project and sprint management services for prototype project
- Formal recommendation of organizational changes, tools & implementation approach
Plan to Action can leverage your team resources to complete the project or augment with additional resources from the human cloud. We recommend that a team member work along side us for project and sprint management (could be a product owner or a senior business analyst/project manager) for knowledge transfer and training. This model typically works as a full-time, mostly on-site engagement for the duration of the project.
The best run projects have an extremely solid foundation in place
- Clear scope definition
- Business aligned and approved ROI
- Architectural elements approved and verified
- Governance approach
- Resource, Budget and Timeline expectations
The reality is that this work often gets pushed or minimally completed because the key resources are focused on finishing up the execution of the last project or completing the transition to operations. Because of vendor contracts and timelines, nobody wants a few months of lag before development begins in earnest on the next project. Having a trusted partner that can facilitate the completion of the foundation phase and be well versed in a hand-off to the Scrum Master and Product Owner to deliver the project can keep the momentum high throughout the year. It also provides a great buffer to backfill key resources when there are vacations, turn-over or more demand than capacity.
This model is typically a partnership – based on the roadmap we highlight how we can keep 1 or 2 key resources engaged to be in a position to assist throughout the duration of need. This model would assume near full-time allocation with a mostly on-site resource leveraging a time and materials statement of work.
For clients that have implemented the Plan to Action Agile methodology, we offer an on-going service of governance, training and on boarding in the fashion of a PMO without the full overhead. An engagement manager would have access to the project tools and support the key project resources (Product Owner, Agile facilitator/PM) with ensuring that the tools and project processes are understood and being utilized. This in turn will ensure that the right information is populated into the metrics and reports for leadership. The engagement manager would also be part of the steering committee meetings for the high impact projects. The team would have access to the Plan to Action training library and as required, on boarding services could be provided for new team members. This service can include the following:
- Weekly coaching for key project team members
- Participation in monthly steering committee meeting for key projects
- On boarding services for new team members
- Atlassian tool configuration and administration services (or access to the training library)
- Governance definition and oversight for project processes
This engagement model would be a monthly services subscription that would be tailored to the specific needs of the client. Most of the services would be provided in a remote fashion with web conferencing to support training and meetings. As required Plan to Action resources could be on-site.
If you are looking for a senior level project manager to run one of your key projects, we offer that service as well. We will look through our talent pool to find the right resource for your engagement. This service is offered via a time and materials statement of work and typically is a mostly on-site engagement, though can also be performed with a percentage of remote work.