6 Phases to Complete a Project From Start to Finish

Peter Jobst, Owner Jobst Consulting inc - DevOps Engineer
06/24/2020, 03:29pm


Hi my name is Peter Jobst I'm your IT consultant thanks for watching our
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We always are looking for your comments to answer new questions that you have
for us and today we have a good great topic that we're talking about today and
that is a successful project. This is for all business owners out there about what
to do and how to successfully complete your projects that you have coming up.
Whether they're IT related or just building out your office so today we're
gonna be talking about the six phases to a successful projects. Alright let's get
into it this is the six phases to successful projects and you need to
follow these phases every single time you do any kind of project. Whether it's
IT or business projects that you're gonna do this is a good helpful tip for
anybody that's in a project so let's get up started with the first one the first
one that you always want to do is discovery number one. 
Discovery now a lot of people don't start with discovery a
lot of times people just start with development and they just start building.
And this is kind of like when you were a kid and you had a model airplane that
you got and you just open it up and start gluing the pieces together and
then you look at the instructions and then you realize that you had to do
something in the beginning right. So in our discovery this is a very
important phase it's the number one thing that you're gonna do and you're
gonna start in of documenting everything. Going through any current documentation
that's already exists writing any documentation that needs to be written
listing everything out about how the project is doing. So you're gonna do the
discovery on this of starting to put together your your project management
all your resources and and you're gonna find out everything you need to know
ahead of time on paper. Okay so start with discovery number two.
Number two is development. So development is you go into after what you have discovered.
What you're going to be doing you start to actually think about okay how am I
going to build this and you want to build this in a in a small in a scale
model. And you can do this on paper you can do this you can start to actually
implement this in starting on a virtual machine or building something that
you're actually starting to do the development of it. And in this your
this is going to be development stage right so you have developers there
they're making this in their development environments definitely not ready for
production because it's step number three.
And the phase number three is
testing. So you have your gonna develop and then you're gonna start to test what
you're working on in development again. You're going to when you're in these
phases right here a lot of times these phases go back and forth quite a bit so
it goes here it comes back into development it goes back into testing.
And on these times this is where you're going to be making sure that everything
is right. This is where you're going to be developing you're gonna be testing it
you're gonna be improving it you're gonna be testing it you're gonna be
improving it you're gonna be testing it until you think you have everything
right then you want to be thinking okay it's gone through our testing and
everything seems to be happening with it. We've thought about all the things that
we need to think about we've broken in a few times we fix it a few times and now
we're thinking about let's implement this thing.
Number four this should be a very smooth and short face if you have done your
work in the first three phases. Implementation time should be a very
short window in comparison because this is you've already thought about all the
thresholds that you have to hop over you've already thought about all the
obstacles that you're going to need to deal with when you get there. And you're
going to implement this and it should be smooth there shouldn't be a lot of
surprises in here because when you've been going through your development
you've been going through it so many times that you have you have virtually
implemented many times already. So that's one of the keys is that you get good at
kind of deploying things or implementing it before it goes into the real world
when you come into your implementation you should be an expert at it you should
be very good at it and it should be very simple a lot of times when we do
deployments we've already done it three or four or five times and then we go to
the implementation and it goes along just like we've done many times in the
past so maybe it only takes two or three or four hours to do the implementation
and really nothing too exciting should happen it should work as it was
engineered to do but you're not done yet you've implemented it's now live in out
on the internet what do you do next important number five in the phases
called cleanup.
Cleanup is I implemented you know what I forgot about my team that's over in
India or I forgot about these other guys that needed something special or needed
some sort of access and so you're going through is a successful implementation
but you're going in and you're maybe cleaning up some of the old instances
that you don't need anymore maybe you're you're locking everything
down that some things that you had forgotten about
you're kind of putting on the final touches of everything and making sure
that it's 100 percent correct right number six .
Number six is follow-up this is important as consultants or as
business owners this step is not really a technical step this step it was the
follow-up is to make everybody understand that the project is actually
completed and it was completed successfully and you want your
stakeholders to agree with you that the project is complete and that was a
success if you can get your clients to agree with you and verbally say that in
the follow-up that this was a great this was a great project you guys did
everything you needed to do you did everything you said you were gonna do
we're happy with it that means that the project is actually complete at that
time and those are the six phases to successful projects you can follow these
every single time you will find yourself going
back through these don't be worried about if you go through the phases a few
times but do not do not ever skip a phase
never go from discovery to just jump into development or I'm just gonna go
straight into implants is gonna get this and I'm gonna start implementing that
that's that is a recipe for disaster because you will find all those broken
things after you've implemented it that's our six phases to successful
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