Software Project Rescue

Software Project Rescue

Software Project Rescue has become a specialty of E7 Systems.  We thrive on taming the variables and setting realistic goals for delivering what our customers really need just in time.  ZD NEt Reports that 2 out of 3 IT projects fail. 

The good news is that projects are never hopeless.  They just need an experience project rescue team to escape their own momentum.  E7 Systems has been called into fix dozens of projects.  We have developed a Formal Project Rescue Process and we have delivered on 100% of the fixes we have engaged on, no matter what the challenges.

Common causes of incomplete projects

Understanding the causes of project distress are essential to delivering in a project rescue.  Frequently blame is leveled on the previous developer.  To ensure we don’t repeat their mistakes, we and our clients need to look deeper.  Here are 5 top causes of project distress and what we do to overcome them:

Unclear Requirements Requirements that are not clearly understood by can cause massive re-coding slowing progress to a crawl. We review all requirements, including schedule and budget
Developer Skills Sometimes the developer just cannot do what they promised.  We employ a solid team that has completed many difficult projects together and we give the the time and tools for success

High Risk Features

 

We frequently see projects where 1 or 2 roadblocks have destroyed their velocity. We start every project with coding spikes that address the high risk functions and interfaces.  We encounter roadblocks when they can still be fixed, cheaply.

Budget

Did the previous developer commit to a budget that is grossly insufficient? We review budget requirements and suggest alternatives for desired value within the client’s comfortable investment range.  

Deadline

Once we has a client who had to release by their birthday. Deadlines require review to ensure that they balance the cost of waiting with the costs of rushing.

Business Ready

Some projects are “developer done” but not business ready. By understanding all the client’s needs we plan for the tasks to deliver an operating business system.

 

Common Issues Customers Have

Customers are usually fatigued because their budgets are depleted, and almost always, their deadlines are upon them. Rescue customers are looking for developers who can:

  • Quickly assess the state of the failed software project
  • Plan a shortest path solution to business readiness
  • Communicate clearly and honestly with client on costs and time frames
  • Stay with them until the business solution is delivered
 

Projects Rescued by E7Systems

E7systems has had the honor of helping businesses from a broad variety of different industries. Here are a few of the many projects:

 

  • Casino Cash Access – original system was failing regularly and the previous developer had become adversarial.  Harvested configuration data, rebuilt system from partial source code and enabled client to become fastest growing player in their industry.
  • Business Social Network – Overseas developer burned through budget and system was 80% unfinished.  Started from scratch. Built minimum viable product in 1 month. Released full system in 3.  Social network went on to dominate geographic market.
  • eLearning – Previous developer called 1 week before due date to admit they had nothing.  Created sales page.  Reused our social network codebase for eLearning and delivered full system in 1 month.  System still thriving a decade later.
  • Point of Sale with self-serve hardware – Previous developer had partially installed system. Multiple roadblocks prevented completion. E7 simplified hardware architecture and rewrote server side from scratch. Validated flow control and measurement in spikes. Delivered 3 generations of prototypes and working first version in 3 months. 
  • Child Safety Network – Previous developer had used obsolete approach. Rearchitected and delivered full featured system connected to 28 FBI offices nationwide.
  • eCommerce – previous developers were unable to efficiently turn business requirements into solution.  E7 has worked with client to automate every aspect of their eCommerce solution for high efficiency and customer engagementClient is now a leading supplier of electronics parts for hobbyists and professionals

Project Rescue Services

Understand business goals

  • We have a magnificent team with multiple years of experience working with businesses both small and large, so we understand how to make businesses thrive.

Catalog and evaluate viability of assets

  • We will sit down with you and evaluate where we can help you out the most which our services.

Triage Goals and assets to salvage value

  • Creating the best software solution for reaching your business goals while still staying within your budget.

Interim CTO – Consult on new directions

  • With all of our business experience we can help you brainstorm new ideas we can integrate into your business which will generate more income for your business.

Architect new system

  • Depending on your needs and the needs of your customers, we can architect a new system from scratch.

Deliver project plan:

  • We will deliver a precise and fast project plan; we know how important it is for you to release your product.

Complete development:

  • Our team of engineers will always deliver quality product.

Incorporate quality assurance:

  • We guarantee you’ll be satisfied with our work, or we’ll work day and night to make it right.

Incorporate security:

  • All of our products come with the latest and greatest in security because we care about your information.

Launch system:

  • E7 Systems will drive you all the way until we reach launching time.

Support operations:

Not only will we get you up and running with your new software, but we will also provide assistance in helping you learn the power and potential of the product we created for you.