Runaway System Assessment

QSM helps rescue troubled projects from spiraling out of control.

Putting wayward projects back on track.

Designed for: Executives saddled with “runaway” IT projects.

Are you stuck with an IT project that consumes money like a black hole, yet never seems to approach a delivery date?

QSM can help you get it back on track.

Like software archeologists, we’ll start by analyzing the history of your project and its current status. Then, we’ll quantify its remaining scope and reforecast the road to completion. We’ll also help you evaluate a host of “what if” alternatives—such as reducing scope or changing staffing levels—that could lower costs or compress scheduling even further.

Best of all, we’ll provide ongoing monthly health checks to ensure your project stays on the right track, for good.

Runaway System Assessment Process


Data Collection

We'll work with your project manager to reconstruct your timeline, staffing, effort-cost, product reliability and scope construction to date. Then, we’ll determine how much scope remains—and what, at minimum, is required to field a viable release.


Forecast to Complete

We'll use our specialized curve fitting analytics to forecast your end date, effort-cost, staffing, defect burn down and scope completion. Then, we'll evaluate alternative options, like changes in scope, staffing or productivity, and present our finding to executive management—so that together, we can chart a new course.


On Going Health Checks

As new data rolls in on a weekly or monthly basis, our forecasting analytics behave like a GPS system—reacting to new information and creating a revised path forward.

Runaway System Assessment Benefits

Eliminate late game surprises

Our monthly health checks provide quantitative transparency into contract execution, so there’s no room for surprises.

Confidently predict the end game

Our forecasting algorithm acts like a GPS—revising end date, cost, and reliability predictions based on actual completion data and real-time updates.

Establish a metrics database for future procurements

Benchmarking data is a natural byproduct of our monthly health checks—and it puts you in the driver’s seat for planning future projects.

Negotiate from a position of strength

Objective analyses—supported by real, historical data—can help you negotiate win-win project outcomes with business stakeholders.

Quickly assess practical alternatives

It doesn't have to take days or weeks of effort to generate alternative plans. We can do it in hours—giving your decision makers practical alternatives that result in better project plans.

Return on Investment

Learn More About QSM Consulting

We offer a variety of industrial-strength solutions to meet all needs and budget requirements, including complete solutions, “lite” versions, and incremental build-outs.

We typically recommend a staged implementation, as it enables a client to realize significant value while getting to know our process. We also suggest working with us on a single project, to start. You’ll get a good feel for QSM consulting, its benefits, and its suitability for your organization.

Please contact our solution design consultants at 800 424-6755 to discuss your individual needs and constraints. We’ll draft a statement of work, and then work with your procurement team to get a master service agreement in place. Once a purchase order has been issued, we’ll start to execute the project.