Escaping the paradigm of late, over-budget projects
Unfortunately, on time, on budget IT projects are often elusive. In the rapidly evolving digital banking landscape, there has never been a greater need to compress time to market. At the same time, quality is paramount.
The Project Management Triangle outlines the constraints around any project, including FinTech projects, and states that project quality is impacted by the budget, scope, and schedule. In order to preserve quality you must trade between these triple constraints. In many cases, there is no extra budget, the deadline is firm, and the scope cannot be reduced without major consequences.
Three Foundational Pillars to Quality
1. Low Developer to QA Ratio
2. Early and Detailed Requirements Analysis
3. Zero Defect Mentality
Low Dev to QA Ratio
Accutive resources our projects with more Quality Assurance (QA) experts than you may be used to. This approach enables:
- Enhanced + early testing
- Rapid issue identification + remediation
- Improved software quality
Upfront Requirements Analysis
At Accutive, we always ask upfront: “is the requirement ready for development?”. A rigorous discovery process is the bedrock of our approach. This enables accurate estimates (budget and schedule) and prevents misalignment. Additionally, failing to understand the scope or specifics of a requirement is a significant cause of defects and poor quality.
Upfront requirements analysis helps ensure clear, consistent understanding and minimize requirement changes.
Zero Defect Mentality
Zero defects is the ideal that every project should work toward. It may not necessarily be achievable in most projects, but the mindset of defect minimization has an immediate effect on quality.
With our zero defect mentality, Accutive begins each project with the goal of defect-free delivery. We are getting close – 1.3 to 2.7% in recent projects – and through continuous improvement, we keep working to lower the defect rate even further.