Why Collaboration Is Key To Predicting Costs
Knowledge Silos Were Never a Good Idea
Long gone are the days when each department could keep its own counsel. There was a time when knowledge was hoarded like gold; if you shared it, something was taken away from your influence and power. This silo mentality led to power struggles and a lack of cooperation between departments, ultimately reducing collaboration, creativity, and productivity.Thank goodness we’ve seen the error of our ways. Collaboration is now recognized for its potential, for its ability to solve problems. When everyone has a part in a project’s vision, strategy, and execution, the result is better morale and, importantly, a better product.
Troon Technologies has always walked that path. We understand that collaboration is a human issue, dependent upon the attitudes and behaviors of those involved in the project. We believe in the benefits of overcoming that hurdle, that knowledge sharing and collaboration is key to reducing costs, meeting deadlines, and bringing the best product to market.
Collaboration Saves Time and Money: 3 Steps to Make it Happen
1. Initial meeting to scope the project. At the initiation of any project, commit to spending the time to scope and evaluate your project. You have a lot of information in your head. You have an idea of what your application will look like and its specifications.It is in your best interest to clearly and thoroughly communicate these points to the project manager. Spending time evaluating the framework of the project and its goals allow a client and project manager to develop a relationship and build trust. That relationship smooths the path for clear communication and a healthy work process, one without delays for lack of understanding and communication.
2. Establishing the scope and timeline with the development team. With a clear understanding of your needs, the project manager establishes the scope of features and functionality with the rest of the development team. The developer’s knowledge and experience come into play refining the concept and beginning to build the framework for development.Those with similar backgrounds, skill sets, and experiences tend to think similarly. When you inject the diversity of developers, a project manager, and the person who developed the unique concept for the application, you encourage new perspectives and a collaboration that creates new possibilities. That’s where both the magic and the efficiencies happen, creating the best application in the most straightforward, lean way. You get the technical knowledge of the developer, with the business and development process expertise of the manager, and the vision of the client. Effective collaboration means everyone is working with a shared purpose and vision.
With a solid concept of the development process in place, a development timeline can be established. Collaboration with the developer and establishing the timeline is key to predicting the development cost.
3. Ongoing collaboration through the development and go-to-market process. The process doesn’t stop with the establishment of the framework and timeline. Often, something comes up during the development process. Perhaps you have a new function you’d like to bring into the application. Maybe technical developments or changes in standards create a need or opportunity. Collaboration at this stage is key to avoiding frustration and wrong turns that delay the timeline and increase the cost. More critically, collaboration avoids delivery of a product that doesn’t meet all specifications for lack of communication and collaboration.
Collaboration is the key to predicting costs. Collaboration allows a thorough understanding of your needs, a fully developed framework for development, and a specific timeline. These steps are critical to accurate development cost predictions.
With good input and everyone working towards the same vision, you’ll have a cost-effective solution and a better development experience. In the end, you’ll have a quality product, developed to specifications, delivered on time.