A TRUE PROJECT TEAM APPROACH
DemandTrans has developed a distinctive approach to our projects, one in which the project team is the centerpiece. Our projects always feature a dual project team structure in which both DemandTrans and the client have a project manager who work closely together, and also closely involve other team members in the communication process. Communication is frequent and intensive, with all participants “in the loop”. The DemandTrans project manager is almost always a technical contributor to the team, whether as a technical problem solver, application or user interface designer, database administrator, or software developer in addition to their project management responsibilities. Like great sports teams, everyone has a role and makes a contribution, and success is a collective achievement.
SOLVE THE PROBLEM BEFORE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT BEGINS
DemandTrans specializes in developing software applications that include technically challenging solution approaches, such as resource scheduling systems. We understand how to apply analytic and operations research tools and techniques to these situations to generate appropriate, high quality solutions. A large amount of computer code will ultimately be written to implement the solution, but the process begins with technical problem solving. Because of our team’s education, experience, technical competencies, and skills acquired over 20 years of developing these types of applications, we have mastered the all-important first step in the service delivery process—devising a solution that will technically produce the outcome the client is seeking. Similarly, in determining the most appropriate technologies to implement the solution, we are also guided by decades of experience and knowledge in assessing the strengths and limitations of particular platforms, frameworks and development environments.
KNOWLEDGE AND RESULTS FOCUSED PROJECT MANAGEMENT
With a technical solution in hand, and a solid project team structure as the vehicle to move system development forward, the other key component of our process is our project management approach. DemandTrans employs the agile approach to software development, hence our focus is on achieving rapid results, and to do that it is essential to always know where we are with respect to the substance of the work being performed. And how do we do that? Our project manager is in close communication with the development team, and has the role of “chief problem solver”, so as the inevitable problems and challenges arise, they are rapidly dealt with and progress continues forward. The project manager is also the key knowledge disseminator to the client team and their project manager, and insures that they are fully in alignment with the work as it occurs, with frequent work- in-progress software demonstrations being a key technique for achieving this objective. When participants are highly knowledgeable about a project, a dynamic of self-management emerges that leads to highly productive results, and project management becomes a matter of artfully steering a vehicle that is moving at rapid speed towards the finish line.
KNOW-HOW: THERE'S SIMPLY NO SUBSTITUTE FOR IT
Know-how: that’s really how DemandTrans does what we do. And what is know-how? It’s the combination of functional, technical, and business proficiency—applied to a particular domain—which provides its possessor with the ability to achieve successful results. DemandTrans has this know-how in a number of areas, and we use it on behalf of our clients to enable them to achieve the results that they seek.