X10’s PMO uses a waterfall model which is a linear sequential (non- iterative) design approach, in which progress flows in one direction downwards (like waterfall) through the phases of demand assessment, business planning, definition, delivery, support & measure and maintenance and handover (BAU).
This model also reviews gates, e.g. Initiation, commitment and fitness for launch, which is a formal meeting held with identified stakeholders to seek approval to proceed to the next phase.
The diagram below illustrates the waterfall project lifecycle and Its phases and review gates.
The transition manager & the PMO manager’s engagement is critical during the demand assessment and business planning phases, because the non-functional requirements document is created, reviewed and completed which is key to identify the impact and the level of transition required.
X10 Networks uses the Waterfall Project Management Methodology approach that includes an initial project kickoff followed by other milestones that happen in sequence. Our project stages are based on the following order:
Our six steps to effective project management approaches are:
1. Research and identify project requirements
a) Stakeholders and beneficiaries
b) Expected benefits
c) Provide deliverables and project plan
d) Identify project plan, communication strategies and escalation plan
2. Project Clarification and Scope
a) Evaluate, analyze, design, develop, implement, monitor and conclude
b) Identify stakeholders’ expectations and requirements
c) Have complete clarity on project requirements from the beginning and avoid project scope creep
3. Planning schedule, risks, and resources
a) Select the project team to deliver the project
b) Schedule project from milestones, tasks and subtasks. Resources will be assigned to their individual tasks and subtasks
with start and end date
c) Planning for risks and ensure team members are aware of the project risks.
4. Communication Plan
X10 Project Manager, Team Lead and Customer representative will have periodical meetings to
a) Review outstanding tasks and upcoming tasks.
b) Review to identify successes, issues and overall project status timeline
5. Monitor and Control of Project
a) Track project progress with team members for tasks and milestone progress
b) Ensure project schedules are on track and costs are based on budgeted expectation
c) Check point to ensure delivery and deployment quality
d) Provide regular reporting on project status, timelines and current outcome
e) Create record and signoff for all stages of the project milestone
6. Delivery, Closure and Review
a) Review milestone success and deliverables
b) Identify gaps, issues and resolutions
c) Identify trainers and candidates for knowledge transfer
d) Record lessons learned
Additional methodologies such as Agile, Scrum and Adaptive may be applied depending on project structure and requirements.