Large projects present uncertainty for both the buyer and seller: the buyer doesn’t know what they are going to get, and the seller doesn’t know if they will get paid.
Such projects are therefore best tackled in small incremental steps, produce something of use and then get paid. Though the usage may not be directly of use to the client.
For example when developing software for canopy/shed design, there may still be a large number of projects which need to be individually reviewed by an engineer and certified because beyond the scope of the software. The software may be able to do the calculations if used by an engineer, but not otherwise suitable for use by salespeople. However, the supplier/manufacturer may be able to move forward with their business, if the engineer can use the software as developed so far, to speed up getting the required answers compared to using general purpose structural design tools.
Therefore a starting point for software development would be to produce a spreadsheet to perform the calculations and then a user interface for someone other than an engineer to use. A starting point for a physical product would be tabulating dimensional information about the product.
Example Single Step Project Types:
- Calculation and Summary Sheet of Geometric Section Properties
- Calculation and Summary Sheet of Sectional Capacities
- Certificate of Structural Adequacy – House Strengthening for Attached Canopy
- Certificate of Structural Adequacy – balustrade installation
- Certificate of Structural Adequacy – gable canopy – timber – single span
- Certificate of Structural Adequacy – gable canopy- cold-formed steel – single span
- Certificate of Structural Adequacy – monoslope canopy- cold-formed steel – single span
- Certificate of Structural Adequacy – monoslope canopy- timber– single span