Consultants – Move up the Value Chain

Inspired by Robert Kiyosaki’s best-selling work Rich Dad, Poor Dad, I decided to take a plunge into the entrepreneurial world with Project Management Research Institute. Over a decade old, the venture today enjoys a clientele of several big names in the industry as well as small and medium organizations. In the process, I became a goal-achieving self-employed individual. Through it all, Kiyosaki’s words kept reaching out to me; according to him, true business is something which will work for you even when you sleep. From that perspective, there was a wide gap between being an entrepreneur and an independent consultant.

What next? While consulting is a cash cow, men and women in the field need ‘star’ projects’ that will make them shine and lead in the highly competitive industry. Like every other successful consultant, I too traveled, met and worked with several thousand professionals worldwide. That pool is a great strategic advantage for any successful consultant and coach –  a resource which cannot be replicated easily. For example, consider that most of my clients are extremely agile teams in the small and medium segment who are eager to partner with organizations who can outsource projects to them. Another well-established coach in Agile development in Singapore works with large companies who are on the lookout for outsource partners. In this scenario, we both have an opportunity to add value to our existing client pool. This window exists with almost every independent consultant/coach.

If we can guide our trusted client circles across the globe to connect and work together to meet their individual business goals, that will become a strategic advantage for them to define, design, develop and deploy business solutions faster and cheaper than their competition.  And, we will elevate ourselves from the ‘self-employed’ segment to the ‘entrepreneurial category’.  That is better value generation for all the stakeholders involved, including us. I invite you to associate with Agilectics to reach that goal.      Click here

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Agilectics – Agile Outsourcing steps

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Step#1 Share your high level requirement with us in not exceeding 20 lines.  Click here.

Step#2 We will contact you to understand the requirements more clearly.

Step#3 We will develop the product backlog and prioritize them along with you into must have and nice to have categories. This step will help us to arrive at a budgetary estimate for the project.

Step#4 We will develop the product road map and the release plan along with you.

Step#5 We will submit a detailed proposal for every release to you for your approval.

Step#6 After getting your approval (step#5), we proceed with team selection from the resource pool available with us and get into the sprint planning along with the customer’s representative. In case we do not have the right technical people matching the technologies required for the product, then we scout for these resources outside our pool of resources.

Step#7 Sprinting  – The development team builds the increment of the product

Step#8 Sprint reviews – The development team and the customer reviews the output of the sprint and determines whether the sprint was successful or not.

Step#9 – Sprint retrospectives – The development team and the customer together identifies the areas for improvement for the subsequent sprints.

Step#10 – Release and proposal – Once all the sprints of the release train is successfully completed, the product is released to the customer. At this stage, formal proposal for the subsequent release is submitted for approval.

Steps 6-10 are repeated, till the approved product backlog is fully developed.

Key benefits

  1. The estimate at the product backlog level provides the customer with a budgetary estimate for building the entire product.
  2. Before every release a definitive estimate is provided to the customer. Steps 1 and 2 provides the customer and the development team with better control on the project cost.
  3. Frequent sprint reviews and retrospectives results in better technical and functional risk management.
  4. Based on the theme of sprints, the team composition has to change sprint wise. This is possible because of the larger pool of technical resources available with us.

If you have a requirement, let us connect and start the discussions. Share with us the high level requirements. 

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