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CAT Technology Inc. will get down to the roots of Project Management when presented with the application’s need and most importantly, its constraints. The technology behind the methodologies, the comprehensiveness of the software solutions and the gleam of tried and tested guidelines move our subject matter experts as much as they do to the final buyer. CATT Inc. constantly strives to understand every customer’s domain with a view to enhance the customer’s business. At CATT Inc., our core understanding of the IT requirement comes from assessing not only the customer’s needs, but the needs of the customer’s customer as well.
We use our defined methodologies to guide our system delivery and development activities. These methodologies have evolved during years of building comprehensive software solutions. The methodologies are based on industry best practices and include practical, repeatable guidelines and approaches that are tailored to meet the needs of individual clients and specific technology solutions. These guidelines and approaches offer proven processes that help increase the quality and timeliness of deliverables.
Project Methodology
Generally, projects are split into three phases - Initiation, Control and Maintenance. During each phase, a number of documents are produced as part of the project control process.
Initiating a Project
All projects start with an idea for a product, service, new capability or other desired outcome. The idea is communicated to the Project Manager.
A more detailed Project Definition Report document is prepared that explains the project. The Project Definition Report at CATT Inc. is used to provide this information and to allow an assessment to be made about the project feasibility. In particular, it outlines the scope, goals and objectives, deliverables, the assumptions being made, the key people involved, expected business benefits, costs and duration.
If authorization is given to proceed further, the Contract is used to obtain formal agreement to start the project and signifies the end of the Initiation phase.
Controlling a Project
The control phase is about tracking and managing the project. To do this, a project plan is developed. The Project Plan is commonly in the form of a chart, which identifies the stages of tasks and answers the questions as to who will carry them out in an associated timeline. A good plan will include regular milestones that act as a measure of progress and keep the project team focused on short and long-term goals. Project plans may also include information about costs, human resources and dependent projects.
After the project is planned, it is important to assess all factors that could have an impact on it. At CATT Inc. this is done by using the issues log and risk log. The Issues Log is used to record issues and assign an owner with a plan to resolve them. The Risk Log is used to record and grade risks with an associated action plan to minimize them.
Project maintenance
At this point, it is important to know whether the project has achieved its objectives. This is done using the Project management Report. This document communicates how well the project has performed against its original business case, project plan, costs, duration and tolerances.
Project Management Process
All the phases involved in Project Management are highlighted in the diagrammatic representation shown below.
CATT Inc.’s Project Tracking System provides a way to track hours spent on the task level. This has been achieved by allowing managers to define and create tasks, and specify start and end dates for each task. Employees working on a project are able to log the time spent on various tasks by date using the application interface. For a given period, managers can generate reports that provide a snapshot of the project progress in terms of actual hours and projected dates. Employees are able to generate a timesheet for any given period of time to submit to management.
Project Tracking System is proving to be the cost saving and effective on-line project management solution for all clients. In the field of application implementation and Internet implementation, CAT Technology Inc. is one of the clear leaders which is able to do it faster, better and cheaper.
Project Activities:
Additionally, there are key project activities that run across each phase including risk management, quality management, and issues management. Automated tools are used to support many of these activities.
Risk Management
Our Project Management & Delivery Approach includes activities and tasks designed to identify and mitigate risks throughout the lifecycle of a project. These risks can be internal or external to the project and may be driven by business, technology, industry, and regulatory or economic conditions. Our ultimate goal is to ensure the success of our systems through proactively managing project risks.
In order to accomplish this, CATT Inc.’s seasoned Project Managers work in conjunction with the Business Sponsors and Client Project Team to identify risks that may adversely impact the project. The probability and impact of each risk is then estimated and opportunities are identified to reduce the probability of occurrence either through taking actions or through putting a contingency plan in place.
Quality Management
We place special emphasis on managing the quality of its work products. In order to accomplish this, quality checkpoints are initiated throughout the project lifecycle providing an opportunity to verify the completeness of deliverables or to take corrective actions if needed. Specific quality checkpoints include - requirements reviews, design reviews, code walkthroughs, system testing, user acceptance testing, as well as project review and management meetings with project sponsors and stakeholders. For regulated system, our system validation approach further supplements our standard QA activities to include enhanced documentation and required system testing activities. Our approach to quality involves the following fours steps:
  • Plan for Quality
  • Setup quality gates
  • Perform quality audits
  • Implement corrective actions
  • Quality
    In addition, supervision of each project is accomplished by having a dedicated management team. It is the responsibility of these individuals to oversee that all project activities are progressing according to the project objectives; scope, timeline, and budget and that client expectations are being met.
    CATs’ Quality Initiative highlights:
    CATT Inc. intimately follows CMMi Level 3 norms for Quality, Within a project’s ambit, specialized group describes WHO is doing WHAT and HOW.
    WHO is described by the concept of Role. A team member can typically wear many hats, that is - take on multiple Roles. Several team members may also take on the same Role. WHAT is described by the concept of Artifact. Examples of Artifacts are Project Governance Document, Test Case, Requirements Document, or Detailed Design. HOW to produce an Artifact is described by the concept of Activity.
    Issues Management

    One of the major motives of our organization has always been to help organizations to properly manage issues before they emerge or escalate into critical problems. In order to facilitate a sound issues management, a risk assessment identification and prioritization in the areas of greatest vulnerability, is conducted by CAT Inc. We develop management and communications plans to anticipate issues like, optimization and management actions, crafting core messages and materials, establishing third-party alliances and put in place monitoring systems to track emerging issues and escalations. Once a crisis has passed, we work with organizations to restore confidence in their reputation and begin the rehabilitative process for companies, brands or management teams.
    If a crisis ever occurs, a timely response would be deemed necessary. CATT Inc.’s crisis and issues Team members are on call 24/7 to work through the issue to provide guidance, develop strategic plans, defend reputation and implement recovery initiatives.