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Every assignment is unique, but there are reliable similarities and common factors across most projects regardless of the product or industry. Some of these common factors may have been identified on this site.

Our approach is flexible and we will adopt as much or as little responsibility as demanded by the situation and matched to our capabilities.


Typically our method of working will encompass :-

Initial Project Review

We hold an initial meeting with the client to establish an overview of the problem and the objectives /goals which need to be met. The initial review is often undertaken at no cost to the client and is normally under the clients NDA.

If this initial review confirms that we have the necessary skills and expertise available to deliver the results needed, then a more detailed assessment may be undertaken, including interviews or discussions with key project members and staff to identify the issues and scope of the work to be undertaken.

(Note that an alternative outcome from the review may be that a suitable match is not identified, in which case we would decline to proceed further with the project.)

If a suitable match is identified, then the review should enable us to submit a proposal with initial recommendations for a program of work, with clearly established deliverables, time scales and costs. In preparing the proposal, we will determine which associates best match the needs of the project and confirm the availability and of networked subcontractors for specific tasks.


Depending on how well the project has been planned, we may need to expand the scope of the existing plan, or re-plan the project to match the identified resources and issues. This plan would then be agreed with the client before commitments are made to further work.

If the plan of work is accepted, then the tasks will proceed. Although we do work at the clients site, there is normally a lot of design work which can be undertaken remotely. This tends to be more efficient and incurs less expenses than on-site operations.

Identified in the proposal, the costing method will be dictated by the scope of the project and the resources needed to complete it successfully in the required time frame.

For small, well defined activities, it may be possible to agree a fixed cost for the entire project.

For larger projects, we will charge at an effective daily rate for work undertaken plus any expenses which have previously been agreed. Invoices are supported by time / activity sheets and settled monthly.

Whatever the agreed structure our approach and effective use of skills means that our costs are not just competitive, they are far lower than that of large consultancies who may have a similar skills sets and breath of capabilities.

Progress monitoring and reporting

We will continually monitor progress and performance and can provide formal or informal reports as required. We will also participate, or undertake such reviews as the project demands.

Completion, hand-over and training
During the course of a project, or upon completion, we will hand over any and all information, documentation, design notes etc. and undertake any training needed so to ensure continued product support. In practice however this does not imply that our ownership of a project stops, and we will continue to provide any support which may be needed to ensure the continued success of the project or product throughout its life-cycle.

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