Computer Vision News - September 2019

Application Project Management 12 RSIP Vision’s CEO Ron Soferman has launched a series of lectures to provide a robust yet simple overview of how to ensure that computer vision projects respect goals, budget and deadlines. This month Ron tells about another aspect of Project Management: Managing the Expectations of All Stakeholders. Read the other Lectures In a typical project, several stakeholders support the projects and contribute to designing, financing and promoting the project in all its steps. While they all together decide on the project, the expectations of each are very different and it might be challenging to manage all these expectations along the project lifecycle. We will describe here five typical characters that you might find in your client company: The first one is the manager who expects to get a final product, fully working and already certified within a very short lapse of time, like the time that you allocated for the Proof of Concept or for the first version. In this case, you might get much pressure at the first or second milestone in the project, to show a full-blown product. The second character is the one that, after the development, expects the algorithm to work with 100% accuracy on all the cases that exist in the real world, with no need for a debugging process or any improvement or finetuning. In this situation, you might find that very difficult cases are expected to be solved along with the majority of the cases that your software succeeded to solve. We may also find a risk-averter manager, who a priori wants to personally see the results before deciding to take any risk. With this kind of character, it might be very challenging to move on to the research phase, because of the unknown results expected along the way. We might find also a head of engineering who wants the R&D team to commit to an exact a priori Managing the Expectations of All Stakeholders Ron Soferman