Feb. 23, 2021

29 - Scoping Complex Software through Solution Design with Sarah McCasland

The alternate title for this week's discussion is "the other `s` word"...but it's not what you think as we keep it G-rated here. No, the other "s" word in the world of software consulting is "solution" over the dirty word of "sales."


The alternate title for this week's discussion is "the other `s` word"...but it's not what you think as we keep it G-rated here. No, the other "s" word in the world of software consulting is "solution" over the dirty word of "sales."  This week Ken chats with Sarah McCasland, whose job is to accurately scope complex software through what she describes as "solution design." Learn about how she arrived in this role, properly structuring & staffing teams, assessing budgets, common pitfalls, & more in this week's discussion.

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Topics

  • 0:00 - The two different "s" words in software consulting
  • 9:50 - Separating solution design skills 
  • 13:39 - How to properly structure & staff teams
  • 18:48 - Fostering better collaboration & communication
  • 26:24  - Common problems & questions when starting new software projects
  • 32:03 - Better engaging external software vendors & partners
  • 36:48 - Being transparent about budgets plus scoping accuracy
  • 42:35 - Proper handoff from solution design to recruiting & delivery
  • 49:48 - Wrap up on being a generalist and where to find Sarah online

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