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Cutter has no off-the-shelf consulting solutions — we view each assignment as unique, assembling a team custom-fit for your requirements, culture, budget, and business drivers. From business technology strategy development to enterprise architecture assessments, digital business transformation, to developing a customized software development framework, Cutter's experts deliver powerful solutions. See sample Cutter Consulting offerings by selecting one or any of the practice areas below.

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Software Development Analytics

Murray Cantor

Cutter’s modern analytics in software development consulting, led by Cutter Senior Consultant Dr. Murray Cantor, delivers real-time knowledge about your software development operation and the adjustments you can make to deliver optimal business value — whether the goal is better financial outcomes, faster time to market, or operational efficiency.


Dr. Alexandre Rodrigues

Agile-EVM Performance Measurement Workshop

Alexandre Rodrigues
Measure and Manage Performance in Your Agile Projects

Agile adoption goes hand in hand with abandoning so-called traditional project management. Yet new projects are continously faced with legitimate management questions. Now you can answer these questions with confidence when you adapt the Earned Value Management method (EVM) into your Agile product development process.   


Supporting Go/No-Go Investment Decisions with Technical Due Diligence

For venture capitalists and M&A pros who need to make quick go/no-go investment decisions, we offer a streamlined variant of our Technical and Process Review. What makes it a finely honed tool for evaluating investment decisions?


Technical and Process Review

The Power of Combining Qualitative Assessment with Quantitative Analysis

The fact of the matter is, often times you are at loss as to how to improve your software. You know it needs improving because you can identify the symptoms -- perhaps poor business results, late delivery, inadequate quality or low productivity -- but their root cause is not so clear. What's more, the cause is often the subject of ruthless debate amongst your superiors, peers, and subordinates.


Executive Education: Sample Curriculum

Gather leaders from all areas of your company and spend from a 1/2 day to a week honing the skills and building the teams that will lead your company to the next level. We'll customize a curriculum that combines case studies and lectures taught by Cutter's experts and guest professors from leading b-schools and that will serve as a foundation for clarifying your strategy and its execution.


Independent Contract Reviews

In the middle of negotiating a contract? Not sure if the RFP you're about to put out really covers all your bases? Would an outside expert opinion on the SLAs you're about to agree on make you more comfortable?


Neuroscience-Based Leadership Coaching

Lynne Ellyn

During coaching sessions with Lynne Ellyn, you'll learn how the findings of neuroscience can help you improve team dynamics, foster bright, creative, stimulating environments that excel in innovation and productivity.


Improve Measured Business Performance with Lean

James Sutton

It's easy for a Lean or Agile initiative to get disconnected from the reasons a business exists. James Sutton brings his big picture perspective and wide experience -- from leadership on small teams to billion-dollar programs -- to helping your organization (re)align to improve its business's bottom line. Using James' approach, your organization will decrease waste by improving value and flow.


Radical Management

Radical Management applies Agile-like principles to the organizational level.


Architecture for the Cloud

Claude Baudoin

Cutter Consortium's Senior Consultants will help architect your enterprise for the cloud to addresses the entire range of issues including integration, semantics, security, data integrity, reliability, DR/BCP. Plus, we'll help you create and describe a framework that includes accountability and responsibility to govern cloud adoption.


Managing Your Application Portfolio

Bob Benson

Cutter Senior Consultant Bob Benson has developed a tested approach to managing the application portfolio as a result of assisting dozens of client companies define and implement successful application portfolio management programs.


Cost Reduction Roadmap for IT

Bob Benson

To help IT executives identify "hidden" areas for cost reduction, Cutter Consortium Fellow Bob Benson's Cost Reduction Roadmap for IT applies time-tested portfolio management principles. This simple roadmap has proven to be an effective framework for IT cost reduction, addressing both project budgets and ongoing IT expense budgets.


Strategic Planning Team Augmentation

If extreme busyness and/or a reduction of strategic planning staff has left your enterprise without the time or dedicated staff to anticipate future trends and prepare for the effect new developments will have on it, Cutter Consortium's Fellows and Senior Consultants can fill that void


IT Governance and Board Level Oversight of IT

Get guidance in establishing and operating an IT Oversight Committee, and/or have Cutter's independent experts sit on your existing committee.


IT Strategic Planning

Cutter Consortium will help you put a strategic planning process and a strategic plan in place.


Project Chartering

An effective project chartering session is the best way to ensure that a project gets started correctly. Cutter's project chartering sessions help establish a project's team values, vision, mission, objectives, project community, measures of success, scope and boundaries, committed resources, and working agreements.


Knowledge Management Assessments

Our Senior Consultants help you determine where and how to target your knowledge management efforts, and help you outline a program to measure those efforts.


Value Project Portfolio Management

Bob Benson

Every IT project should deliver business value. The challenge is that traditional project management and PMOs focus on "on time" and "on budget," not achievement of business value. Cutter's Value Project Portfolio Management (Value-PPM) approach ensures organizations achieve all three goals.


Negotiating Complex Deals

Sara Cullen

Steering complex deals requires fine-tuned negotiation skills — skills most IT executives are not trained in. But Cutter Senior Consultant Sara Cullen is. With a doctorate in contracts and the experience of assisting more than 140 deals, you could not put a better expert on your team than Sara Cullen.


Financial Management of Information Technology

Bob Benson

This engagement equips business executives, CIOs, IT executives, IT financial managers, and CFOs with the tools and processes they need to answer the following questions:


Metrics Program Development

Take advantage of the opportunity to take a more thorough look at how efficient and productive your software development efforts are ... and can be.


Strategy Meeting Facilitation

Cutter Senior Consultants and Fellows are experts at facilitating both business and IT strategy sessions.


Offshore Due Diligence

The offshore outsourcing specialists on Cutter Consortium's team are prepared to lead trips to India, Poland, or other countries, for client companies that are investigating offshore opportunities.


Optimization Review

Tim Lister

The Optimization Review, typically two days, is designed to identify the most promising opportunities for change by identifying what separates a company from the norm. This unique approach, developed by Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister, is designed to finesse change resistance, and has proven repeatedly to be both a tremendous morale-builder and an extremely effective change mechanism.


Organizational Development Assessments

IT Organizational Assessments examine the strengths and weaknesses of your organization so you can capitalize on the former and correct the latter.


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