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elementary™ - an own BI & PM methodology
element61 is a learning organisation. Through the shared experience of our consultants and customers, we constantly strive to deliver more efficient project implementations.
To that purpose we have developed our own methodology elementary™, which combines the best elements from proven industry practices, real-world lessons learnt and leading project methodologies. In that context, elementary™ is therefore the summary of our successful BI experience of 250+ man-years, combined with the application of some of the main project methodologies such as Prince2 and PMI. All of element61's consultants are also certified in Prince2.
High-level overview of the elementary methodology
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Having a methodology will not only streamline and standardize project delivery, but it also addresses some of your key customer concerns. elementary™ deals with all of the below key aspects of project success :
- communication: enable your organization to communicate needs and concerns in a formal & informal way
- quality: design and build it right, the first time
- change management: support processes that make sure your organization can deal with changing environments & processes
- knowledge transfer: involve your business and technical users so they become self-supporting before the project is deployed
- risk management: provide you with best practices to manage the project's exposure to risk (in a cost effective way)
In summary, elementary™ is our way to ensure repeatable success.
Methodologies can be very heavy and administrative. We have successfully tried to avoid this pitfall by making elementary™ light and easy-to-use. In our methodology we have substantially limited the number of documents and forms to fill in, so as to avoid that a project manager of project team members spend most of their time filling out forms and templates. The pragmatic nature of elementary™ ensures that new consultants can quickly get acquainted with its principles and start to apply it. Next to that, we often work in co-development mode with our customers, and their personnel can also easily start working with the uniform, coherent and straightforward documents that are the cornerstone of elementary™.
We have also integrated the continuous improvement of elementary™ within the methodology. At the end of each project, we foresee an "Evaluate" phase in which we do a thorough review of the project - both internally and with the customer - in order to capture all of the lessons learnt. We include all of the relevant lessons in the methodology in order to improve this for the next project(s).