Software project rescue

Sometimes with the best will in the world, software projects go wrong. Maybe you were promised that the customer requirements were accurate, but they turned out to be part-fiction? Maybe a supplier went out of business in the middle of an implementation? Perhaps a risky technical leap proved to be a little too risky? Perhaps a key member of staff left?

When projects do go wrong, it can be extremely painful. As well as the business risks - missing promises made to customers, cost overruns - etc, those in charge of the project can face reputational problems.

At Red Piranha Labs, our remit is to get stuck software projects unstuck, and get you back to a position where you are able to deliver the software that you promised.

Single technical issue

Projects commonly get stuck in one of two ways. One way is that a single technical issue for whatever reason cannot get resolved stalls the project from going forward. We can help you with this through our single technical issue resolution service. With this service we can "parachute" into the project, and either resolve the issue directly, or help you to resolve it. Hopefully at this point, the project can now get completed.

Mired projects

If it's not a single technical issue, projects can get "mired" for a variety of reasons. Whatever the reason, the essential activity is to work out your "escape path" is. When we help clients do this, we undertake a very short consultation exercise involving "disassembling" the problem, and working out where everyone is and where they need to be.

Resolving the issue

Once this exercise is done, you have the advantage of being able to see how to escape, and now you have options. The actual process of rescuing any project is different in every case, but common ways that we see software projects go wrong is mismatched expectations between you and the supplier, or you and your customers, or skills within the team needing to be brought on somewhat in order to get the project delivered. If we can help you, we'd typically propose to you that we undertook consultancy work if you wanted to "outsource" a fix, or coaching and training if you wanted to bring in your existing people.

In some occasions, it can be necessary to undertake a broader re-engineering of the work done so far. If that's something that you want to do, we can help with that too through our custom software development service.

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