What does it take to deliver, Quality?

We have heard this before. Yes, Quality takes time. It also takes talent and tested techniques to deliver high quality output. I think, above all, ATTITUDE of the people involved is what makes the magic.

Why?

Team

Team is the most important piece of any project puzzle. Time, Talent and Technique can be negotiated in any project. One can use very experienced people who inherently know all the techniques, have access to great tools of trade and talent to handle them and get the job done.

One can also negotiate the time required to deliver a project’s outcomes. You can even add resources to increase delivery capacity. You can use time and price to negotiate the minimum value product you deliver to your customer.

You can do all this to achieve output that is acceptable by your various stakeholders.

BUT, none of this will help you achieve superior quality outcomes if you have people with the wrong attitude in your delivery teams.

Continue reading “What does it take to deliver, Quality?”

5 Tips to Accelerating Success with K2 Projects

5 Tips to Accelerate K2 Project Success

At jEyLaBs, our daily routine mainly involves project delivery. We work on projects that apply technology such as K2 to solve serious business problems. This typically involves building apps to remove business process bottlenecks, reduce paper use, provide new ways to conduct business transactions and support executives to make precise business decisions.

Our projects have no choice but to succeed and increasingly the pressure is on us to help our customers succeed fast.

We have employed various techniques to help our K2 project delivery and perfected them over time. We dropped some outdated practices, we tuned many of the traditional software engineering practices to suit our needs and also created some drastically different ways of doing things.

I am very excited to share the following tips with you from our K2 project delivery play book. I am sure these will help your projects succeed.

Tip 1: Consistently apply an Agile approach

Agile is a given. But, of all the organisations employing an agile approach IT project delivery, only a small percentage actually do it right and do it consistently. Continue reading “5 Tips to Accelerating Success with K2 Projects”

Keeping your software fit is important for consistent delivery!

Consistency is as important as quality delivery.

We have witnessed this in many organisations over the years where users getting conditioned to poor quality solutions.

We Humans are masters of adapting, aren’t we? 🙂

Usually any form or application that gets released solves a problem that users face. It starts on a good note and with a reasonably good level of user experience. However, over a period of time the performance always gets degraded.

There are many reasons to low quality forms and apps:

1) Ageing Server Hardware

2) Congested Network

3) Increased Data loads

4) Changes made to software creating unintentional side effects that were not picked up early on

5) Other software components getting slower

6) Additional Security scanning introduced at the web server, OS or network level

7) Issues at the Client level – PC, browser, etc

Let’s take a look at a scenario. Say, You have installed SharePoint. You have configured it with K2. You have built your first eForms app. You have celebrated the launch and took a holiday. You have done well.

You are now back to work. Getting the first set of applications go live is a big step forward in your automation journey. Just as you have realised the importance of eForms, it is important to keep consistently delivering the promised value of the eForms platform to your stakeholders.

The last thing you want is the solution set you delivered to become the next legacy system to go out the window or get neglected. If you dont keep up with your level of service what you have done becomes a one-off! We do not believe in one-off’s. jEyLaBs engagement model ensures that you deliver ongoing ROI to your organisation.

We do this by establishing a roadmap, specific and clearly established strategic and tactical goals, a program of reviews and mentoring. jEyLaBs support provide health checks to ensure that your SharePoint application platform is fit and well. We apply best practices based techniques based on our on-going learning and project experiences.

Our process consultants sit with you and review your cost, the visible and invisible price you are paying and the ROI you are getting. We look at tangibles and intangibles. We provide a support and training program which allows you to have a support network that cares about you and your organisation’s goals.

Keeping your software platform humming along nicely is important. Getting the maximum value out of it consistently, year on year is more important. Do you want to know what it takes to do it? drop us a line at sales@jeylabs.com.au

Did you Ask these questions about your move to Cloud?

Cloud is all the rage and businesses are moving to AWS, Azure, Google and others in droves.

Are you simply following the path of your competitors or peers? Or are you making an informed decision?

Here are some critical questions to answer, before you consider moving your business operations to any cloud.

cloud

Does it make Financial sense?

There is no better time to move to cloud. The cost of cloud infrastructure is plummeting and it is all great news for the business cloud software providers. Their Software as a service offerings provide much more value for your money.

However, add up the subscription costs of all your various cloud apps you will need before you make the move.

What are you spending on your IT people, IT Infrastructure and insurances?

What help you need to move your operations to the cloud without impacting the business?

Remember Cost and Price are very different things. Something that is priced low may cost you a lot more in the long run. So, it is important to run your numbers for the foreseeable future and check that they stack up.

Does it meet your Security needs?

Not all your business operations can be moved to cloud on day one. Some aspects should not be moved at all. But, most can be and some should be.

There are sensitivie aspects of your business that should remain much more closely guarded. But, ask the question whether your external hard disk is the right place to safely store your critical information?

Does it concern you if your customer data get exposed on the internet? Will that concern become more amplified if you move all your data to cloud?

Will it Improve Productivity?

With a global market and a dynamic workforce, we all need flexible systems to work effectively. If your employees can contribute to revenue generation from anywhere and at any time, then that ought to help your top line.

Does your current setup of business support systems allow for this? Would Cloud provide better support for it?

Will it help run the business your way?

The last thing you need with any so called improvement is to lose control of your business.

You may have put processes in place to run your business your way. And that setup may have to change.

This is probably a good time to re-evaluate or re-engineer some old ways of doing things.

It is okay to keep what works though.

If the the move to cloud helps your business to run as per your vision and enhances the company culture, the move will benefit your business.

Will it help your business grow?

By moving to Cloud, will you be able to serve your customers better? Can you expand into new territories? Can you scale your offerings with new products and services? Does it help you innovate faster?

A business that doesnt grow, will die quickly.

Any strategic move such as taking your operations to Cloud will have to help you grow. If you think it doesnt in the immediate future then do not move.

If you need help with perfoming a bias free impact analysis on the potential move of your business operations to cloud, please contact us via cloud@jeylabs.com

We are here to help.

How to Accelerate your success with K2 projects?

K2 has been used by many global organisations as a reliable business apps platform to streamline operations. More than 1.5 million users in over 84 countries – including 30 of the Fortune 500 companies – use K2 to improve operational efficiency.

I have personally worked with some great organisations and well known brands on these projects over the years. Our gloabl teams at jEyLaBs has been delivering K2 projects for over 8 years now and our K2 Centre of Excellence has been growing in numbers year on year.

Successful Project delivery is all about understanding the stakeholders, their changing needs and managing the challenges that comes along during the project. A very well decorated Project management professional told me this years ago. He also told me that any PM is only as successful as the last project she managed.

Statistics say that General IT project activity is on the rise and so are the project failures. Over 33% of all projects reported have been failed. The point is 1 in every 3 projects are failing. This is not a good thing.

Bulk of our experience delivering K2 projects has been rescuing those failing or failed projects. This gives us a unique perspective and insights into project failures and how best to deliver projects when it comes to K2 technology. jEyLaBs regularly hosts events on this topic.

Here’s my tip. Delivering success is all about the timing. Acceleration of delivery is the essence here. Deliver it now and deliver it daily. jEyLaBs Deliver Daily methodology is all about this.

If you accelerate your small successful pieces of delivery you will ultimately succeed with the project.

We believe in running Project specific training, using Project Specific tools such as PowerToolz for K2 and following tailored best practices to suit your team and tasks.

If you are keen about accelerating your K2 project success, please drop me a line at k2success@jeylabs.com

5 tips to thrive in a BYOA world

Love it or hate it, users are bringing cloud based apps on phones, tablets and laptops to their workplaces every day.

Remember back when Internet banking took off, employees used to checking balances, paying bills, etc on their work PCs. These days they are doing a lot more than banking with a ton of apps on their work devices.

These apps cover areas as varied as social communications, task management, photo/content editing, news, media, travel, games, sports, and so on. Cloud apps are utilised by corporate users at work time to be efficient with their day to day transactions.

These days, Most mobile device users have data plans they can utilise with whatever apps they have whenever and where ever, regardless of the actual network they are connected to. Even if they are on a company provided device and network, they will continue using their favourite apps. 4G data connections are fast enough and they don’t cost a fortune.

BYOA is the new norm and is now part of the popular work style. So, CIOs need to embrace BYOA to continue providing an effective technology environment to enhance user productivity.

But, Leaving things in the hands of knowledge workers is not an effective corporate strategy.

So, how do you thrive in this brave new world? Continue reading “5 tips to thrive in a BYOA world”