In The Grand Scheme of Things, Methods Matter
It's hard for any company to resist touting its services and what it can doand understandably so.Its hard for any company to resist touting its services and what it can doand understandably so. When youve built up a skill set, you want your clients, partners and competitors to know about it. When it comes to companies that facilitate e-business, however, a shift in emphasis is needed. More attention has to be given to how these services are provided, as well. In short, what methodif anyguides their use? A formal methodology provides a guide for thorough, consistent development efforts. It establishes protocol for actions such as establishing client input and feedback, calculating risks and developing contingency plans, and continuously checks the projects scope, budget and schedule against progress made to date. It facilitates searches for missing pieces early on in the development process, when its far easierand inexpensiveto make corrections. (And those are just a few of its uses.)
Its also important to consider how a company has determined the methodology it uses. How did this process evolve? The firms experience should have taught it which steps to take, and which to avoid. Formal training and certification is also a plus, obviously.