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Leading Projects to Successful Completion

 

In today’s complex, challenging, and ever-changing business environment, delivering projects on time, within budget, and with the promised functionality is harder than ever.  Studies have shown that 80% of projects are not completed on time, 52% of projects exceed original estimates by 189%, and 75% of projects completed by large companies have less than 75% of the original features. These issues are even more prevalent for software development projects. It is also known that there is a direct correlation between a company’s return on investment (ROI) and its level of project management maturity.  To remain competitive and thrive today and in the future, it is critical that companies use proven best practices to plan, manage, and control their projects.  At SMS, not only can we help you improve your software project management practices, we can work with you to fit them within your particular project environment.

Why SMS?
At SMS, we work with you to implement the software project management practices that will bring you the greatest return quickly.  Our strategic project approach combines your own project management best practices with industry best practices to match the needs of your business.   The SMS approach is built on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) internationally-accepted standards for professional project management.  This ensures that the best available knowledge is available to you.  SMS actively participates with other industry experts in refining and evolving PMBOK standards and has nationally-recognized expertise in project management. SMS specializes in helping companies improve their software development practices, so we can optimize the application of industry best-practices in project management to your software development activities.

SMS experts have managed projects of all sizes and complexities and have defined and implemented software project management practices in many industries. Our experts each bring an average of over 25 years of industry experience to our clients.  Our staff includes project managers who have been certified by PMI as Project Management Professionals (PMPs®).


Project Management Consulting
Your organization can benefit from a full range of project management consulting services from SMS.  We start by reviewing your existing practices identifying strengths and weakness, and prioritizing areas for improvement.  We work with you to develop an action plan that includes one or more of the following:

  • Methodology development and implementation – We will work with you to define and implement project management practices that reflect your organization’s specific priorities.

  • Mentoring --  We will walk your Project Managers through applying project management practices to their specific projects.

  • Project Jumpstarts – We will help you get your new projects off to the right start by facilitating project planning workshops with project teams.

  • Problem solving --  Having problems on a project?  We will analyze your project and help you put it back on track quickly.

  • Project Management Office (PMO)  --  We will guide you in setting up the right kind of PMO for your needs. 

SMS can also help you fill gaps in your project management know-how with our staff augmentation services.  By providing top-notch talent from our pool of highly-skilled professionals, we can help you meet your resource needs for project management.

Project Management Training
Tired of paying for days of project management training, only to spend even more time trying to rework general PM skills to fit specific software development needs? Get it right the first time with training from SMS. Our Software Project Management curriculum offers a series of flexible, affordable sessions that equip project managers with the exact skillset they need to optimize their software development projects.

Choose from over 30 courses made up of half-day, full-day, or two-day sessions that zero in on the topics you need to focus on, without draining your time or your budget. Our modular format lets project managers create customized training programs that address their most pressing software development challenges – from software project management, to related courses on estimation, process improvement, requirements, testing, and more.

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