The StepSmartTM Process is an innovative methodology that addresses the historically difficult task of incorporating changes to specifications during the implementation phase of enterprise-wide applications. Metabyte recognizes that specification definition is an iterative process that involves business users assimilating their needs as the implementation progresses. After all, we humans think incrementally. The StepSmart Process was created with that in mind.
The StepSmart Process is Metabyte's proven methodology that facilitates a quick startup, effective implementation process, incremental modifications, and on-time and on-budget project completion. It is based on rapid feature based milestone based delivery process. That way the business users see what they want delivered in a way that provides value to the business immediately.
The StepSmart Process entails a rapid phased approach to implementation that facilitates informed decision-making earlier in the process at defined breakpoints rather than later when mistakes can be costly to correct. The hands-on user involvement during every phase not only ensures that the solution meets your requirements, but also drives a higher level of user acceptance and user adoption.
The StepSmart Process is based on Rational's Unified Process and the Synch & Stabilize Process. StepSmart relies on breaking down a project into smaller sub-projects and allowing room for specification updates at defined breakpoints between sub-projects.
The advantages of this approach are:
- Added flexibility to account for changes in the market environment, for example, leading to changes in the system requirement specification. Flexibility is achieved by deferring the time at which the specification is finally frozen to the start of the final sub-project.
- De-risking of final project milestones - by delivering fully tested, but partially functional, software within sub-projects at stages throughout the entire development cycle.
- Provide the client with product visibility prior to the final release, allowing the client to acquaint with the product as well as gaining confidence in the progress being made by Metabyte.