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Status Not Quo Methodology: Discovery

January 2, 2011

Happy New Years!  Thanks for reading this SNQ blog entry.  Scott here – and I wanted to talk about the new SNQ website (just released), and touch on the SNQ Methodology.

You can find the new SNQ Website here: www.statusnotquo.com.  New look and feel of course.  Also a more simplified approach to what we do with many many rich examples.  One of the areas covered in the new website is the SNQ Methodology: Discovery, Strategy, Design, Build, Transfer.  I’m going to briefly touch on the first section out of five, which is Discovery.

If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.  At SNQ, we spend a significant amount of time on the up front research.  We absolutely want to ensure that we have a grasp of the client’s situation, and that we are a good fit with the client.  This really is the foundation for the entire engagement and client relationship.  If you don’t know your client’s situation, how can you possibly relate to them and provide expert advice – i.e. provide something of value that they don’t currently have.  Fortunately for us at SNQ, one of our competitive strengths and advantage is our wealth of industry experience.  Every senior person has extensive industry experience with real world success.  Been there, done that – and not just in a consulting role either.  This helps immensely during Discovery – yes each industry may have nuances we haven’t previously hit, but we are already experts in operations, finance, marketing, and technology and thus have a solid foundation.

In Discovery, we look at a number of topics.  This varies based on the engagement, but is actually fairly consistent.  Some of those areas include the users of the information, management and company objectives, applicable industry, best practices, desired image and brand, our customer’s customers, and the technical landscape.

So what is the final product of this phase?  And always remember – there should be a deliverable for every phase – otherwise what is the client paying for?  For Discovery, the end result should include two main deliverables: the Strategic Objectives for the engagement or project; and a Profile of the end Recipient – i.e. the users of the system, reporting, analysis, etc.  Both go hand in hand.  You need to know who your end “customer” is, and what the purpose is of what you’re proposing to deliver.

Once you have these two main deliverables thoroughly profiled, you are already well into a successful engagement.  Thanks for reading.  In the near future I’ll cover the remaining sections of our Methodology which include: Strategy, Design, Build, and Transfer.

Scott

www.statusnotquo.com

Status Not Quo provides Strategic Technology Design and Programming services. However, we are not your typical Consulting firm who does typical design and programming.

We bring a wealth of Strategic Expertise based on decades of Industry experience. We approach every project with a Comprehensive Strategic vision and plan that is objective driven – focusing on Profitability, Operational excellence, and Marketing leveragability.  We are based in Santa Clarita, California.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2011 2:10 am

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    • January 26, 2011 11:02 am

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  2. January 25, 2011 1:36 am

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  3. April 8, 2011 8:00 am

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