When working on large projects, we know that our clients turn to us not only for our skill, but also our experience and expertise working with similar projects to theirs. Forecasting for future hurdles and challenges and clarifying considerations is just one of the things we do to help your team build a contingency plan (or avoid problems all together).
Forecasting, considerations, and exclusions are outlined at the start and end of every project we work on. We find them especially valuable for RFPs where many vendors may be bidding on the same project and where omissions may not be accounted for. We include what we deem to be potential issues, liabilities, or inoperable aspects of the potential solution.
Why Forecasting is Important for Our Clients
Being blind-sided can set your team or your business back. At MQ, we have your best interest in mind, so when we see areas which may present problems in the future, we tell you. Sometimes it’s budget related, sometimes it’s regarding tools, frameworks or technology choices, it may involve the state of code or assets for your project, and it may involve the future growth strategy—whatever the area is, our goal is to help you succeed and that includes identifying and removing “gotchas” where possible.
What Might Forecasting Include?
Pricing, Budget, Timeline & Roadmap Considerations: It is not uncommon that vendors and agencies will bid low for a project to push out competition. The trouble is, if short-sighted, this can lead to cut corners or incomplete features. We work to be transparent with our pricing but also realistic so that your business and team can have realistic expectation. We understand technology can feel a bit like the wild west if you’re not from a tech background, but that’s what we offer—to be your eyes, ears, and experience of software and innovation.
Open Source Tools, Programming Frameworks, and Hosting: Open source tools are available to developers to help increase speed and reduce development time by distributing work amongst the greater developer community. The trouble is, sometimes opensource software is incomplete or has security flaws (which anyone can find because it’s open source). When it comes to selecting your tool choices, frameworks and hosting options, we work with your team to build the most secure solution possible under your designated budget.
Product Infrastructure, Software, and Code Integrity Considerations: When it comes to software development, there are 50 different ways to approach the same problem. Some solutions work well, some solutions work for now, and some solutions are just bad and not scalable for future growth. At MQ we seek to keep our solutions lean and as effective as possible—relying on years of experience and a team of experts in their respective fields. When working with existing platforms can improve deficiencies, but first we present our findings to you so that your team is able to make the best choice for your business. When building new software, we give you transparency into the solution and work with your team to select the options that work best for your team.
Go-to-Market, Audience Growth, Marketing & SEO Considerations: It may seem like the whole battle is getting your product to a state that’s ready for your users, but a production-ready solution is only ¾ of the battle. Your next challenge is how to achieve user adoption. At MQ we work with our clients to plan rollout campaigns or advise on the process. With considerations and caveats we can help you avoid easy pitfalls and offer tools to drive growth into the future.
If you’d like a technical partner on your side who can help you navigate the ins and outs of technology, software development, and strategy, get in touch with our team. We’re here to help you both identify and resolve hurdles in your project release.
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