Successful projects begin with good up-front planning. It is imperative that AM1 and its customers have the same expectations going into the project; otherwise one party (usually both) can come away less than satisfied. The top three areas where alignment is crucial are generally
- Calendar Schedule
- Technical Expectations
The nature of these three items depends significantly on the stage at which our involvement begins with the project. Many companies, for example, operate as if the last days of the project schedule are the most important. We can all agree that these “last days” are the most expensive because the greatest number of people are usually involved toward the end of a project. AM1 personally believes that the most valuable days of a project are at its beginning because burn-rates are lower, management visibility is more forgiving, and most importantly, there is more time available to recover from any would-be mis-steps. Consequently, we attempt to keep any project panic toward the beginning of a project where it really does the most good. AM1 looks on the first days of any project as fine gold.
These three items are best captured in a detailed set of deliverables that our customer and AM1 agree on. If the list of deliverables is unknown or defined poorly, then both parties must take a step backward and do a study-phase with the sole purpose of coming up with these detailed deliverables.
Most of the projects that we get involved with are fairly large, and they involve working directly with the customer’s staff. Under these circumstances when the scope of the project is difficult to define, AM1 staff usually work at a straight hourly rate.
Every project is different. The fastest way to see if AM1’s design services can match your needs is to have a phone conversation. Consider this an open invitation to have that conversation.