15 scenarios when you might need Hubscope

by | Aug 12, 2016

Good communication is crucial to the success of projects. Hubscope helps customers to improve communication on projects by turning ideas, opinions and information into pictures.

Here are some times when Hubscope can be particularly useful:

  1. There is a lack of clarity on your project – everyone is so busy these days but then you realise there are problems when deadlines are missed and budgets over-run and stakeholders are unhappy. Hubscope keeps things simple and helps you to focus on what’s important.
  2. Problems only become noticeable near the end of the project but really then could have been seen earlier and addressed. Be more proactive and get everyone on the same page at the start of the project and encourage collaboration so that you can get an early warning of any upcoming challenges. Hubscope is particularly helpful at the pre-project stage when you are scoping out a project.
  3. There is a lack of ownership and traceability to decision makers on your project – there are lots of opinions and decisions are being re-litigated. Use Hubscope to clearly draw relationships between stakeholders and requirements so ownership is clear.
  4. There seems to be a gap between the business and the I.T. team. Subject Matter Experts and developers are getting frustrated because there is not enough common understanding and an agreed view of what the project looks like. People are talking at cross purposes and nobody is listening. Schedule a couple of workshops and use Hubscope as the tool to get everyone on the same page.
  5. Design considerations are getting lost – unless there’s someone on the project drawing all the pictures then details will get forgotten and dependencies will be missed. Often these considerations can get lost in big heavy thick design documents which nobody wants to read. Put the important stuff into Hubscope and add to it as the project progresses rather than saving everything until the end.
  6. You don’t have a good understanding of the current state – often current state knowledge is hidden in people’s heads and out-of-date design documents that nobody can find. It can be a tough job to pull this all together. When things need to change suddenly people wish they’d documented things better. Use Hubscope to get better clarity on the current state.
  7. There’s an expensive reality gap between what should be happening and what is actually happening on the ground – There’s no glamour and glory in the tidying up. It can be hard and difficult but it’s important as it could be costing the business loads of money. Hubscope helps you to unpick complex interdependencies and better understand cost sinks.2506936869_7906a8f7ee_z
  8. You’re wasting hours fiddling around with Visio or PowerPoint to make attractive diagrams – you want to focus on the requirements and the solution, not the drawing. You don’t want to have to manually redraw the connections and layout every time you get feedback. The intelligent auto-layouts of Hubscope do this for you.
  9. Complex modelling tools for architects are intimidating for other stakeholders – you want to get good feedback but you’re struggling to engage people with your current toolset. The simplicity of Hubscope encourages everyone to contribute.
  10. It’s difficult to define a project for a business case before the project starts so you want to be able to quickly create a straw man – you need to put something out there at the start of a project to clarify concepts and confirm assumptions. This is my understanding but I’d like you to correct it. Hubscope can help with that.
  11. You’re having problems demonstrating project progress to business owners – many stakeholders are frustrated by IT as they don’t have clear visibility of what they’re building along the way. Use Hubscope for regular status updates with business owners and show clearly how much progress has been made.
  12. People are missing the big picture – developers are talking about sprints and backlogs but the business doesn’t really understand how all of the user stories fit together. They need to see and contribute to the evolving story map. Hubscope can be used for top-down and bottom-up thinking so that you can see how everything fits together.
  13. You’re paying licenses for things you don’t need anymore – Often legacy infrastructure exists but is hidden. People don’t rationalise because it’s too hard – until the finance officer realises how much money is being spent on them and chases up. Hubscope helps you to understand relationships between infrastructure, applications and data so that you can effectively rationalise and reduce costs.
  14. You don’t have a clear understanding of business continuity scenarios – If production goes down what happens in the Disaster Recovery environment? What are the relationships between different servers in different environments? Hubscope helps you to map out relationships clearly so that you can do more analysis and understand impacts.
  15. There’s too much Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) – you need to understand your infrastructure independently of what vendors and external consultants are telling you. There’s lots of noise and concern around what is and isn’t happening so you need Hubscope to help you get to the bottom of things.

Are you in one of these situations now? Is it keeping you awake at night?? If so then download Hubscope now and get visualising. It’s way more effective than sleeping pills and hopefully you’ll soon be sleeping like a baby.

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