The typical clients for my consultancy services are MNC’s and funded startups. I either engage them directly or via ad, UX and other agencies. From my experience, those that easily see the value of what I do, are those that have had projects and vendor relationships go bad in the past. A lot of time and money is wasted on projects that are not created to scale and where relationships break down and my services significantly reduce the chance of that happening.
The precise activities that I recommend for your project will depend on the needs of your business and project, but I offer the following:
Managing expectations is key to the success of large-scale digital projects. To accomplish this, I educate and help teams understand digital opportunities & risks, user experience, technical vendors and methodologies. From budget planning to project planning techniques, the goal is to increase your project team’s ability to be successful in digital projects and meet estimated budgets and deadlines.
Requirements are one of the number one causes of failed digital projects. Using an agile approach but adapted for MNC project teams, requirements are gathered using ideation techniques from ad agencies, research techniques from marketing agencies and an agile format called user stories that ensures all requirements are validated and with a clear ROI target.
Going beyond a list of requirements, with Solution Architecture I can assess your project from different viewpoints to be able to identify and mitigate the risks, better manage expectations and provide a brief to vendors that minimize misunderstandings. Technology decisions are made and the application architecture is designed to best suit the project requirements and goals. More information about Solution Architecture can be found HERE.
From UX research to wire frames to final designs. User experience is crucial to successful digital projects and a key step in validating and confirming project requirements before development starts. Interactive designs provide a means to demo the project to stakeholders without the need for any coding. I work with specialized UX/UI design agencies to deliver these services before you start development of the project. More information user experience and UI design can be found HERE
After designing the Architecture and making key technology decisions in the solution architecture, relevant potential vendors can be identified and evaluated. Through interviews and assessment of their portfolio, policies and contracts, vendors can be shortlisted and fairly selected for their quality, experience and capability to deliver the project.
This is a crucial step in ensuring that the vendor fully understands the project goals and requirements. Considered a necessary part of Solution Architecture and managing risk, I will spend time on-site with the vendor’s project team to go through every part of the project, work out the technical details, plan and cost estimates, and set them up for success.
I have a proven risk calculation model that can be applied to vendor estimates and timelines to provide stakeholders with a more realistic assessment of the estimated final cost and deadline. Among other things, it factors in changes and misunderstandings during project development. A simplified version of the calculator is available HERE.
A service typically delivered to MNC clients or investors who are considering acquisition of a technology vendor. I can assess the vendor for quality, technology USP, technical capability, scalability and substance before you acquire or invest in them.
Following an initial one-hour discussion (free of charge) to better understand the project and what value I can add, I will provide an estimate for my expected time on the project. Note that this is an estimate and subject to change, I do not work on a fixed-price basis. I can add the most value in digital transformation efforts and custom cloud platforms - especially if they are a good fit for serverless architecture on AWS.
A contract typically utilized by ad agencies, marketing and design agencies and larger technical vendors that have frequent projects but do not have (enough) internal solution architects or serverless specialists. Please make sure to check availability first - certainly if there is a preference for specific week day(s). I can work on-site at any location of your choosing and, if you prefer, can represent your company instead of Binary Thinktank when meeting your clients. Besides a lower rate, the benefit of a retainer contract is that it ensures my availability for the contracted hours.
At a discounted price for new startups and nonprofits, this service helps to get you on the right track with your digital projects. I can provide insights and recommendations to help you better understand your digital needs, opportunities and limitations.