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Programme Management

Ninth Wave recognises that programme management is more than simply project management writ large.  We see programme management as the management and co-ordination of a number of projects, the deliverables of which when combined together are intended to produce far-reaching business benefits.  Our approach to programme management concentrates on the inter-relationships and dependencies between constituent projects and focuses on the requirements for co-operation and communication between project teams and management.

Project Management

IT implementation projects represent major investments for any company.  They are often technically complex, may be international in scope and can have a significant impact on the entire organisation and its customers.  It is generally accepted that poor management is a major cause of IT project failure and that IT projects are different from other types of projects and require special management techniques.  Ninth Wave believes that project management is not simply about producing enormous Gantt charts and that many projects are mortally wounded by slavish subservience to planning tools.  Whilst our approach to project management encompasses planning tools and techniques, it focuses on the management of the workflow and on the early identification and escalation of actual or potential problems.  The best of our project management experience has been built into SmartCore.

Ninth Wave is not tied to any specific PM methodology.  Our implementation consultants hold a range of professional project management qualifications, including PRINCE2, APM, PMI and Scrum. 

Strategy and Selection

Ninth Wave's consultants have considerable expertise in developing IT strategies for large commercial organisations and in the tendering for and selection of corporate information systems.  We recognise the importance of meeting critical business objectives and the need to set your strategy to fit your resources.

Risk and Quality Management

Based on experience gained from many years working on projects, Ninth Wave's approach to Risk and Quality Management helps managers deal with uncertainty.  Our work for a number of blue-chip clients has provided specialist RQM consultancy services to both project managers and project sponsors, including:

  • Business case development, decision support and option analysis,
  • Using Palisade's @Risk for quantitative risk assessment,
  • Project mobilisation, including planning, resourcing and communication,
  • Development of risk mitigation strategies,
  • On-going measurement of project risk (e.g. confidence levels and expected overruns),
  • 'In-flight' or periodic risk and quality reviews.
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