You have your requirements and you are looking for a reliable partner to
implement your project? Look no further! Spherical offers mature project management
services and expert IT personnel to handle the technical aspects of your project. Above
all, our clients value predictability in project delivery. Surprises in project delivery
are unavoidable but with Spherical planning, most of them will be positive ones.
We will discuss your circumstances and constraints with you in great
detail in order to be able to produce realistic estimates and we will make our progress
transparent to you. All our products come with a set of project, technical and
operational documentation as well as at least six months' warranty period.
Guided by best practices: we use PRINCE2 or PMI
methodology tailored to your needs by experienced and certified project managers.
Iterative delivery models (including agile methods such as Scrum) are used when
appropriate to the project circumstances and desired by the client.
Transparent: full transparency on the progress is
provided via industry leading project management tooling from Atlassian. Your internal
tooling may also be used if it suits the needs of the project.
Clear reporting: frequency and volume of management
reporting is tailored to your needs. At the very least, we provide weekly progress
updates with KPIs, risk and issue registers, and end-stage reports.
Learning what works better: recording and studying
lessons learned is at the heart of any improvement. We will record our lessons for
future work with you and we will be more than happy to share and discuss them.
Aware of your Organization: we are fully aware of the
issues with project delivery in large hierarchical organizations and we have know-how
and experience of getting all the stakeholders to contribute to the project positively
and share interest in its success. We also know how to handle organizational change and
we will assist you in making the positive impact of your project land smoothly in your
Not sure that you understand what is happening inside your project?
Whether arrangements to support your critical system are both lean and sustainable? Or
just need a helping hand handling an incoming audit? Spherical offers its services and
experience in both providing and receiving project and operations reviews and audits.
Our goal is to make audit and review a comfortable learning exercise for all involved
and to make the outcome as informative and actionable as possible.
No surprise requirements: good audits are planned ahead
of time and people cooperate best when they know what will be expected of them.
Discipline, fairness and scientific approach:
observations lead to hypotheses; only hypotheses supported with evidence become
findings; the auditee is consulted and possible corrective measures are discussed before
the finding lands in the report.
Metrics: wherever possible, evidence is converted into
quantitative characteristics to make findings more informative and provide context to
the decision-maker. For example, neither 10% nor 80% test coverage makes your code base
"covered with automated tests" but response strategies will differ greatly depending on
Creative recommendations free of charge: apart from
routine findings and corrective actions, Spherical will include its own vision for how
existing issues could be addressed holistically on the strategic level.
Value for money: to save effort designing the
review exercise, Spherical offers templates for typical control objectives for the type
of project or operation being reviewed. Review schedules are flexible but to keep
reviews economical, they usually consist of a remote desk review of documentation and
code and a short on-site mission for assessment and interviews.
Proven transparency: we will negotiate a traceable way
for your auditors to demand and receive documentation and interviews. Nothing will fall
through the cracks and turn into an undeserved negative finding.
Supported objectivity: malicious audits are rare. Still,
auditors are human beings and their objectivity and constructiveness depend on their
personal comfort and ability to apply their skill without the need to deal with boring
or annoying surrounding matters. Spherical will take care of logistical arrangements
around provision of documentation, code and data, and the arrangements for the auditors'
Layered corrective actions: for observations that are
hard to address, Spherical will help design a layered approach that will quickly and
economically get you out of the "failed" zone so you gain more trust and goodwill to
further your "partial success".
Minimal disruption to business as usual: audits make
people nervous and disrupt day-to-day activities of your staff. There is historical
evidence that a badly scheduled audit may derail an otherwise adequately managed and
successfully running activity. Spherical will negotiate an audit schedule to minimize
disruption to your normal activities and make interviews as comfortable as possible for
A word of caution: we cannot guarantee that you will
pass the audit with flying colours. But we will make it an organized, objective,
comfortable, and to a large extent predictable exercise.
Things are not looking promising? The budget is running out, the
deadlines are approaching, there is little you can show for the time and money spent and
the stakeholders are starting to question, in no uncertain terms, your ability to
deliver? Quality issues are affecting your production environment? You have been hacked?
Adrenaline is high, morale of your team is low? Spherical crew have been parachuted into
war zones like this many times. We know how to quickly assess the objective situation in
your project, identify problematic areas and achievable short-term goals, and make the
best use of your stakeholders' remaining trust and goodwill. We are also trained to make
field diagnosis and apply emergency technical fixes so you can resume operation and
capture your breath before addressing the issue more systematically.
Availability: Spherical will respond to your technical
emergency within three business days or on the same day if you subscribe to our
technical emergency service. The team for project recovery will typically be formed
within one week of request.
Speedy delivery: most projects take two weeks or less to
assess and identify the possible courses of action. Implementation depends on the client
but we typically suggest schedules with demonstrable signs of improvement every week.
How to not arrive here again: Spherical can help
identify root causes of technical and management problems that provoked the crisis and
suggest simple ways to avoid repeating similar crises in future.
You have an idea, a mandate, a need to contribute to a high-level goal
with an IT solution? Your requirements do not go much further than specifying that you
need an “app” or a “web platform” for people with a certain common interest? Spherical
will be happy to work with you and turn your idea into a project that is ready for
implementation, whether it be by Spherical, your internal resources or another
Focus on benefits: we will start our work with
establishing business justification, identifying what kind of benefit the product will
deliver and to whom. We will list measurable criteria for each of the expected benefits;
those will help us size the project and adjust ambitions to constraints.
Aware of realities: everyone would like to have
unlimited money and time to deliver what they please. In reality, all initiatives have a
limited budget and a deadline; how much and what exactly is expected is also sometimes
subject to externally-imposed constraints that need to be met. Time, Cost and Scope
constraints form the so called “Project Management Triangle” and any flexibility on one
of them affects at least one other. We will help you analyse your Triangle and help
optimize the project for the constraints that are most critical for you.
Work where others fall a sleep: we LOVE regulatory
documentation, standards, quasi-legal text of intergovernmental agreements and decisions
of international bodies. We have long experience sieving such documents for requirements
to IT systems, establishing traceability and demonstrating coverage of mandates by the
products that we develop.
Understanding is FREE: the high level concept of the
product and the general steps of the implementation plan will emerge in pre-sales
negotiations and be described in the Spherical offer to you. This way you will
understand that we are heading in the right direction before committing to any
With you as far as you want us: we are interested in
your business. We want to look after your idea through implementation and celebrate
realization of all of the expected benefits together with you. But we are also cool with
just producing requirements documentation and acceptance criteria for another IT company