NEXT consultants have a long history of providing outstanding project management services. We initiate, plan, execute, control, and close the delivery of a product or service meeting your definition of success. We adhere to the methodology most appropriate for your organization whether it be agile, waterfall, or any other methodology you prefer.
Through an in-depth discovery process, NEXT helps you conceptualize your project's size, complexity, scope, duration, schedule, resource needs, milestones, and critical risks. We work with you to produce a high level plan including the project objective, success criteria, implementation approach, and a high level timeline.
Our project initiation and strategy services encompass all activities needed to get your project started, such as specifying clear business strategy and success criteria. We also manage your procurement process by facilitating proposal creation and support contract negotiations.
Our project definition and planning service is designed to help you determine and plan the work that needs to be done to meet your specific business goals. We start by creating a project charter and identifying the critical project stakeholders needed to ensure your project is successful. We then work with the stakeholders to define the deliverables and decompose them into an actionable work breakdown structure. Our experienced consultants help to elaborate and validate the specific project requirements, complete the initial risk assessment, and define the plans for communications, resources, procurements, risk, and change. Finally, we provide you the baseline project scope, budget, schedule, and monitoring metrics to be used during implementation.
We work relentlessly to implement a successful project by completing the work defined in the planning phase while tracking progress and performance against the success criteria. NEXT directs overall project work and manages all stakeholders, communication, quality assurance, and procurements. We also monitor and control the project baselines and perform any necessary corrective actions to ensure the success criteria is met and your project is delivered on time, in scope, and on budget.
NEXT formally closes your project by reconciling the delivery against the scope, getting customer acceptance, negotiating contract closure, and closing procurements. We drive the project to completion by transitioning the project to operations, conducting lessons-learned workshops, and archiving project documentation.
NEXT reviews all aspects of your project to complete an assessment of the overall project heath. Based on our experience on many successful projects, we analyze the people involved to ensure appropriate skill set, and the processes used to plan and execute the project. NEXT reconciles your baseline scope, schedule and budget against actuals and forecast to complete. We review the deliverables' alignment to your success criteria and compliance to policy and regulation. The assessment is accompanied by improvement recommendations to ensure project success.
We take a systematic approach to identify, analyze, and improve organizational processes in order to achieve your specific goals. NEXT creates a detailed process map and examines each step to recommend changes that increase efficiency, deliver higher quality, and reduce cost.
An experienced Business Analyst first completes the analysis and validation necessary to develop your project requirements. After writing the requirements, the Business Analyst performs reviews in order to gain approval across stakeholder groups, track the requirements throughout the project life cycle, and report on the status of the project deliverables against the requirements.
NEXT drives quality into your project by inspecting requirements, creating a master test plan, writing test scenarios and cases, completing test execution, logging defects, and producing test reports.
NEXT ensures the quality of your project throughout its life cycle by utilizing a combination of highly skilled consultants and industry proven approaches. We focus on ensuring the project is delivering the correct results starting with establishing clear requirements and maintaining a quality assurance perspective throughout the project life cycle. We create and implement processes from the bottom up, increase transparency with standardized metrics reporting, adapt to changing market conditions as needed, reduce waste, and increase productivity which results in greater quality and overall customer satisfaction.
NEXT recognizes the importance of managing Organizational Change and believes our strategy is the key driver in achieving your business goals. We start by clearly understanding the objective and success criteria. We then work with executive management/sponsors to define the strategy for achieving the expected results, which is generally a combination of behavioral, systemic, and process changes. To ensure sustained change, we start from the top and engage employees at every level of the organization early and often. We devise an implementation strategy to make sure critical and clear behavior is defined, demonstrated, and conducted consistently from the top down. Our strategy includes a critical communication component that considers input from all and assures employees know what they need to do and have their questions answered. NEXT makes use of the strong aspects of your culture to support the change and overcome resistance.