Managing digital transformations and optimising IT environments can be challenging, which is why IT projects have a high failure rate or are often implemented with middling success and vastly over budget.

We specialise in rescuing problematic and failing projects. We can help with IT projects that have gone over budget, schedule and have been implemented inadequately or left unfinished.

As companies try to harness the potential of digital technology and automated processes to gain a competitive edge, they often find themselves at the edge of their own IT capacity and at the mercy of third-party vendors or freelancers, where implementation challenges can quickly lead to exploding costs or abandoned projects. We have therefore designed a simple and transparent project rescue process through which our clients retain complete control over timelines and expenditure:

Phase One: Assessment

  • In conjunction with our client we determine and assess the objective and desired outcome of the project and/or solution
  • Evaluate its current status
  • Evaluate our client’s existing and available resources for this project
  • We review any materials provided and then engage directly with our client’s project stakeholders to learn about the desired project outcome and timeframe
  • Our goal is to fully understand what would make this project a success
  • We evaluate the current state of the project by reviewing all available materials and completed deliverables, as well as through engaging closely with the client’s project stakeholders
  • The number of stakeholders we engage with is largely dependent on the project’s complexity and how much input we require to gain a full understanding of the current condition of the project
  • We review our client’s existing resources and evaluate these alongside budget and time constraints in order to scale the project rescue appropriately

Interim: Project Rescue Plan

  • Provide a project rescue plan containing multiple approaches with different cost-benefit characteristics
  • Having assessed the current state and objective of the project, reviewed available resources, budgets and timelines, we provide our clients with an actionable project rescue plan
  • This plan typically contains scaled approaches that consider cost vs business benefits and impacts, keeping out clients in full control and enabling them to choose the solution most suited to their current business needs - this can be especially helpful when dealing with a complex project in a challenging business environment

Phase Two: Resolution

  • We can execute the project rescue plan ourselves, support our client in finding an alternative provider or provide their internal IT department with a detailed road map to complete the project
  • The way we work and engage with our clients throughout the implementation of the project rescue plan is designed with simplicity to give our clients full control over the outcome and costs
  • Once a resolution strategy has been agreed, we are able to implement it independently and with minimal input from our clients, leaving them free to focus on their core business

Post Rescue: Future-Proofing (optional)

  • Once a project rescue has been successfully completed, we can support our clients with a detailed debrief, follow-up advice and support to help them future proof their digital solutions and processes
  • A debrief would typically include extensive documentation of all our findings and the remedial work performed
  • On the basis of this, our understanding of the client’s business and systems, we can also provide cost-effective strategic advice on how to decrease the chance of similar situations recurring and optimise operational efficiency

Software Engineering

Thanks to our extensive experience in the design, engineering and maintenance of complex bespoke software, we are able to analyse your existing systems without delay and to promptly develop improvements for immediate launch.

Digital Strategy Support

As part of both phases, we can support our clients not only in determining an effective project rescue strategy, but also to ensure that it and the project outcome align with our clients’ business goals.

Quality Assurance Audit & Risk Assessment

Our quality assurance audit and risk assessment expertise helps us to quickly determine the quality of the solutions in development, their overall suitability and effectiveness in supporting the overarching business goals, as well as to identify any potential solution-risks going forward. This is part of our problem analysis process in phase one.

Compliance Audit

As part of any project rescue effort we are able to ensure that any new digital solutions or processes adhere to the current and relevant regulatory and information security standards. We are able to provide advice on compliance and security in phase one, as well as establish and implement best practices in phase two.

GDPR Audit

As part of our compliance assurance services, we can support clients trading in the European Union in adhering to its General Data Protection Regulation and incorporate privacy by design into the digital solutions being developed.

Information Security Audit

We leverage our information security audit expertise to ensure the project rescue effort employs the best range of secure data processes, products and services.

IT Team Recruitment, Training & Management Support

As part of phase two, we can manage the recruitment of IT staff members and developers for our clients, no matter whether we are tasked with executing the project rescue plan ourselves. We can also provide training to existing or new IT teams to provide them with the expertise to complete the project themselves, or supervise any third-parties tasked with the project completion.

Project management

Through our project management experience we can help our clients plan and implement a project rescue on time and within budget. Our lean-but-scalable operations allow us to support clients and projects of any size, from focused IT system and process improvements to large-scale digital transformations.