Our MD's Red Pen is famous - or should that be infamous? It has struck fear into the hearts of consultants far and wide over the years!
However, a good Quality Assurance role is not simply about enforcing good standards of documentation (although that's certainly a small part of the job).
Our experience has shown that many so-called Quality Assurance (QA) roles are largely symbolic, usually related to engaging some 'skin in the game' from the software vendor or a major consulting supplier. The role mostly consists of adding the QA as a reviewer of key project documents - but these reviews are almost always, in practice, too late to make any real difference to the document content, let alone to the really important bit, what the document is actually describing! If this is the design, the architecture, or even the articulation of the initial business requirements, a token review at the end of the process is just not good enough.
We see things rather differently. We are all about bringing our expertise to bear on your EPM project/programme. That means we take an active part in the programme from an early stage. We help you to engage with the business users during requirements gathering; we advise on the solutions architecture and application design, and of course, help you through the build, test, data reconciliation, training and post-go-live support phases bringing our experience to bear at every stage.
Naturally, then, we happen to get involved in document review along the way - but that is a corollary output of our role, not its main focus.
Simple - because we help make the difference between success and failure. We've been there before - seen it, done it. A lot of the problems and challenges that your project faces along the way will be similar to those that we've experienced already. Successful delivery is deeply engrained in our modus operandi - if you're prepared to listen, we're prepared to guide - together, we all succeed.
If it sounds like we're speaking your language, Please contact Nigel Dahl through LinkedIn using the button below, or call him now on +44 (0)7799 664165.
Managing Director of epmgurus, brings 30 years of diverse experience to bear in helping organisations and teams through change – of size, structure, systems, management or ownership.
Nigel has run, advised, supported or worked with Finance functions from one-person operations up to globally dispersed Finance departments of several thousand people. He knows what good (and bad!) looks like.
Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) is a broad term covering any business process that seeks to improve performance through a continuous loop of data collection, reporting, analysis and, most importantly, informed and targeted action.
In practice, Finance EPM is generally considered to cover at least Strategic, Financial and Operational Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting, Management Reporting (MI), Financial Consolidation, Statutory Reporting, Profitability and Cost Management, including Cost Allocation.