Background

Our team gained its experience from leading firms providing service to both commercial and public sector organizations, including CH2M HILL, Booz Allen Hamilton, Symantec, eBay, Northrop Grumman, Corio (now a division of IBM), and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.  We have worked with clients in a variety of industries, including public transportation agencies, municipal planning agencies, the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, the National Park Service, financial services firms, entertainment, construction, manufacturing/supply chain companies, high tech and software companies.

Four Nines Technologies is a company made up of individuals who pride themselves in delivering end products that are useful to our clients. We think practically about the results of our work and we continuously seek new opportunities to learn.  Within the company, we regularly share new ideas and practices, and we challenge one another to grow. We want to hire and retain people talented people who are driven and focused on providing measurable and tangible results to our clients. We want to earn our clients' references.

We created Four Nines Technologies because we believed there was need for a consulting firm that could combine three important aspects of consulting for the benefit of the public sector: commercial rigor, broad technical expertise, and an acute understanding of the challenges faced by public agencies. As individuals and as a team we believe in and are committed to delivering work of extraordinary value to state and local agencies around the country.

Project Management

Our team includes certified PMI-PMP project managers with decades of project management experience. Our team also holds a number of other professional certifications (ITIL, TQM, PeopleSoft, Siebel, to name a few) and we have had various management  roles throughout our careers. We are familiar with and have run projects using Agile and a variety of other project life cycle methodologies. We adapt to whichever methodology our clients have embraced and we believe the amount of methodology employed should fit the circumstances. We generally prefer to use an iterative approach.

Our belief in iterative development extends to client deliverables. For example, we will have an early meeting with the client to agree on format and outline. Following that we will go through a  number of drafts and internal quality reviews within Four Nines. We deliver all documents in draft form and ask for client feedback. Following client feedback we  deliver a final version of the document. All deliverables in draft and final form are reviewed by someone other than the primary author before being delivered to the client.

Planning is crucial. We spend a lot of energy at the beginning of projects to plan the schedule and budget. During the execution phase we focus on regular, structured communication with stakeholders, particularly if there is any plan variance or project risks. Throughout the project we focus on the metrics established at the beginning of the process. We are happiest when our clients can measure the value of their investment.