If you’re reading this article, you’re probably looking for information about implementing IT projects. We guess that you’re a company owner or you’ve got something in common with software houses. Glad you’re here! Spinbits blog is a pretty nice place to gain some knowledge and systemize all the information you already have. Let’s get started!
Project implementation is a process that transforms plans and ideas first into strategies and then into actions. Because of implementation, it’s possible to accomplish objectives and reach goals.
If you want to implement your IT project, it is good to know how to preserve its quality. There is a model created by William Edwards Deming which will make your life easier! Sounds interesting? Read more below!
Deming Cycle or PDCA Cycle - a scheme of constantly repeating four steps in order to make ongoing improvements. These four phases are Plan, Do, Check, Act. Wondering how many times should it be repeated? Unless it’s the best version of the project. But remember that everything is changing, so the latest version is never enough and always could be better. ;) Constant improvement is a challenge! Will you face it?
1. Create a plan.
You need to know what you want to achieve, so focus on methodology. Only when you create a well-thought-out plan your team will be able to follow the steps needed to achieve the goal. You should consider every situation that can happen during the implementation process. Consider different solutions to avoid surprises, so nothing will stop your development.
2. Prepare data and infrastructure.
When you have already created a plan, you should prepare data and infrastructure. What exactly? Hardware, software, communications. Everything should be ready when you want to start implementing the project.
3. Communicate with all parties involved.
Remember - it’s not only about you being ready. IT projects are often very complicated. They require the involvement of many people who should work at the same time, so the progress will be visible. Your task is to coordinate the work of each team that is responsible for any part of the project. The biggest mistake is when people don’t communicate with each other. Consequently, they don’t know about the stages of work and progress. If you want your project to be successful - steer clear of that!
4. Training and documentation.
An unqualified team will not achieve your goals and realize the project. Knowledge and competence are necessary to realize every plan. Make sure your team has the required qualifications. If not, you should provide training to improve employees' skills. You should also keep records because documentation is useful in project implementation.
5. Implement the project and monitor the progress.
When your team is finally qualified enough, and you have provided all the necessary data and infrastructure, you can start implementation! After that, you should closely monitor changes that occur. Turn your attention to all the aspects and be ready for unexpected situations.
6. Make corrections. Every time when you or your team of specialists notice any problems or issues, you should fix them immediately! Then implement changes and keep monitoring the results. Don’t stop until it’s perfect! :)
What you have already read are steps that we use in our work. This is how we provide the best quality of our projects. We always want to do our best, so these steps are our way to make it happen. It’s the best feeling when you can be proud of what you did. So we keep our fingers crossed for your project implementation! Plan, do, check, act!