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HSB Solutions approaches information technology projects using best practices and standard methodologies.

These best practices have been set forth by industry standard organizations for coordinating, executing, and managing software and systems engineering projects.

Each technology project is developed and described through a life cycle. Life cycle defines the phases of a project from its inception, through planning, development, and delivery. These phases serve as a guide to project activity and provide a flexible but consistent way to conduct projects to a depth matching the scope of the project.

HSB Solutions life cycle methodologies are built from standard frameworks set forth by industry leaders such as the Project Management Institute (PMI).

By establishing a standard and repeatable methodology for each endeavor, HSB Solutions provides its customers with excellent service and delivers consistent, reliable results.




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Five Life Cycle Phases to Project Delivery

For your project delivery, HSB Solutions develops both a Project Management Life Cycle and a Product Life Cycle which interact with each other.   learn more » »

                  

Project Management Life Cycle Guided by Management Processes

The HSB Solutions Project Management Life Cycle is guided by several management fundamentals, built around four major areas...   learn more » »

Project Management Assets Mark Life Cycle Phase Deliverables

Project Management is the discipline of planning, organizing, and managing project activities to achieve successful completion of project requirements and objectives.   learn more » »

Simplified and Structured Process for Product Life Cycle Yields Consistent, Reliable Results

The HSB Solutions Product Life Cycle (PLC) is based on a simplistic, structured approach to software and systems engineering life cycles.   learn more » »



Five Life Cycle Phases to Project Delivery

For your project delivery, HSB Solutions develops both a Project Management Life Cycle and a Product Life Cycle (PLC) which interact with each other. This integrated methodology groups each life cycle phase into one of five phases:


Project Delivery Method

Phase 1

This phase focuses on project startup. The activities result in:

  • defined project objectives
  • defined project scope
  • development of project requirements
  • availability of and access to key resources
  • identification of stakeholders

The completion of this phase results in formal authorization to start a project.

Phase 2

Planning activities are the foundation of the second phase. Analysis and design tasks help refine scope and ascertain the best approach for the Product Life Cycle (PLC). This phase sets expectations and formally defines the work effort and management.

Phase 3

Phase 3 involves processes utilized to finish the defined work. Project management efforts may decrease while product efforts increase. The majority of work is executed and monitored during this phase.

Phase 4

Regular measurement and monitoring of progress identifies variances from the project management plan so that corrective action can be taken when necessary to meet project objectives. Phase 4 encompasses implementation activities involved in deploying the new system or product.

Phase 5

Project closure includes activities that formally end the project or project phase and turn over the completed product to the customer. In addition, the project team evaluates and captures lessons learned.


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Project Management Assets Mark Life Cycle Phase Deliverables

Project Management Phase Assets

Project Management is the discipline of planning, organizing, and managing project activities to achieve successful completion of project requirements and objectives.

The HSB Solutions project management approach is based on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) foundation and recommendations.

This industry-standard framework combined with HSB Solutions’ industry-leading, certified expertise provides exceptional quality service for our customers.

Each phase of the HSB Solutions Project Management Life Cycle produces standard assets which mark the transition from one phase to the next.

A sampling of standard organizational assets commonly asked for and delivered to our clients upon request include the following:














Project Management Life Cycle Phase Assets defined:

Project Management Assets
Phase Title Description
Initiation Statement of Work A description of contracted work required to complete a project.
Project Charter Formally authorizes the project and summarizes the project information such as background, purpose, benefits, goal, objectives, scope, assumptions, and constraints.
Finalized Scope Statement The narrative description of the project scope that provides a documented basis for making future project decisions and for confirming and developing a common understanding of project scope amount for stakeholders. (Includes major deliverables, project objectives, project assumptions, and project constraints.)
Planning Project Management Plan Defines how the project will be executed, monitored, and controlled.
Milestone Schedule A high-level decomposition of the work to be executed by the project team to accomplish the project objectives and create the required deliverables; also known as a Work Breakdown Sturcture (WBS).
Detailed Project Schedule A detailed work plan that captures planned dates for performing project activities, tasks, and meeting project milestones.
Execution Meeting Records Agendas, minutes, and action items.
Monitoring and Controlling Status Reports Summary of the disposition of a project for a stated period of time.
Issue and Risk Management Reports Summary of open issues and risk items.
Change Records Captures elements of the integrated change management process.
Closure Customer Satisfaction Survey A questionnaire completed by the project sponsor that is designed to capture customer feedback on whether their project expectations have been met or exceeded.
Project Close Report Assesses the success and failures of the project, identifies best practices for future projects, resolves all open issues, and formally closes the project.


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Project Management Life Cycle Guided by Management Processes

HSB Solutions Management Processes


The HSB Solutions Project Management Life Cycle is guided by several management fundamentals, built around four major areas including:

Change Management – Establishes a method for identifying, analyzing, controlling, and resolving change requests in a timely fashion.

Quality Management – The objective evaluation of processes, assets (work products and deliverables), and services against defined descriptions, standards, and procedures.

Issue Management – The methodology that supports the needs of each project by identifying, managing, and resolving issues in a timely manner.

Risk Management – A continuous practice of anticipating, mitigating, and monitoring risks that may impact the project and objectives.

These disciplines provide a foundation of processes used throughout the Project Management Life Cycle to:

  • ensure the project objectives are being met
  • support the project management phases as they are executed

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Simplified and Structured Process for Product Life Cycle Yields Consistent, Reliable Results

Product Life Cycle Phase Assets

The HSB Solutions Product Life Cycle (PLC) is based on a simplistic and structured approach to software and systems engineering life cycles.

There are several different variations of the life cycle model used throughout the information technology world including:

Waterfall – Sequential or big-design-up-front (BDUF) models focus on complete and correct planning to guide large projects and risks to successful and predictable results.

Agile – Methodologies focus on light-weight processes which allow for rapid changes along the development cycle.

Spiral – Combines elements of both design and prototyping-in-stages in an effort to combine advantages of top-down and bottom-up concepts. The spiral model is intended for large, expensive, and complicated projects.

Depending on business and technical needs, HSB Solutions works with our customers to determine the most appropriate approach.

For example, if a customer requires fast application development, the HSB Solutions Project Life Cycle (PLC) will be tailored for the spiral life cycle approach by incorporating prototyping to facilitate rapid development.










Each phase of the HSB Solutions Product Life Cycle (PLC) produces standard assets which mark the transition from one phase to the next. A sampling of standard organizational assets commonly asked for and delivered to our clients upon request include the following:

Project Management Life Cycle Phase Assets defined:

Product Life Cycle Assets
Phase Title Description
Requirements and Analysis Requirements Document A Captures a condition or capability that must be met or possessed by a system, product, service, result, or components to satisfy the business and technical objectives.
Conceptual Design and High-Level Strategy The preliminary phase of design in which both well-defined problem specifications and high-level strategy solutions are presented.
Design Detailed Design and Architecture The detailed design and architecture principles, physical configuration, logical configuration, functional organization, operational procedures, and/or data formats used as the basis for the design, construction, modification, and operation of a network, system, software application or hardware component.
Development Product Support Documentation Artifacts that capture specific details relating to the configuration, build, and support details of a system, network, software application, or hardware component.
Test Plan The strategy that will be used to verify and ensure that a hardware or software product or system meets its design specifications and other requirements.
Implementation Implementation Plan Detailed listing of activities, costs, expected difficulties, and schedules that are required to achieve the objectives of the project.
Training Plan Captures formal and informal learning plans, which may include classroom training, informal mentoring, web-based training, guided self study, adn formalized on-the-job training.
Post Implementation Review Lessons Learned Captures learning gained from the process of performing the project.

By using an integrated approach of Project Management Life Cycle and Product Life Cycle processes combined with industry-leading technology competencies, HSB Solutions delivers consistent, reliable results.

HSB Solutions assures your projects will be on time, on budget, and within scope.

HSB Solutions develops and deploys your enterprise solutions and then provides the onsite training and knowledge transfer to empower your success.


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