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Description: It is amazing that when we go to the pub and that is a very regular thing in this business, we are always asked what we do for a living. Unfortunately due to the nature of the business we are in it
It is amazing that when we go to the pub and that is a very regular thing in this business, we are always asked what we do for a living. Unfortunately due to the nature of the business we are in it is very difficult to explain to the layperson, especially the young secretary from the office next door who has a few vodkas on her.
So to try and explain what we exactly do I have taken a detailed description from my good friend and colleague Stuart Sinclair-Smith. Enjoy
A Functional Consultant is a person who is involved in the planning. designing and oversight of a software systems “ construction ”. They must thoroughly understand the requirements to which their design must conform. A degree of knowledge is necessary so that the consultant will not omit any necessary requirements, or produce improper, conflicting, ambiguous, or confusing solutions. Functional Consultants must understand the various methods/solutions available to build the system for the client's required structure, so that the consultant can negotiate with the client to produce the best possible compromise of the results desired within explicit cost and time boundaries.
The idea of what constitutes a “result desired” varies among consultants, as the values and attitudes which underlie implementations differ between the schools of thought which influence an implementations approach.
A Functional Consultant could be viewed in a broader sense, as noted above; to define as, “Someone who brings order to a built or non-built situation”.
In practice, a Functional Consultant accepts a commission from a client (a board of directors, a government agency or a corporation). This commission may involve the preparation of feasibility reports, build audits, the design of a single solution, or the design of several solutions, with varying structures and the process associated with them. Increasingly, the Functional Consultant participates in the development of requirements the client wishes to have met in the solution. Throughout the project, from planning to use, the Functional Consultant can assist the project manager in acting as the coordinator of a team of specialists; business, technical as well as other specialists, who may have been retained by the client. The Functional Consultant must ensure that the work of all these different areas is coordinated and fits together in the overall design of the system.
Depending on the client's needs and the jurisdiction's requirements, the spectrum of the Functional Consultant’s services may be extensive (detailed document preparation and construction review) or less inclusive (such as providing a list of possible solutions to a GAP or incident). The design of the total built environment: from the macro level of systems integration, to the micro level of construction detail, such as fields, their description and functionality.
Design involves the manipulation of business requirements in order to achieve an end which is user friendly, easily maintainable as well as functional. This distinguishes Functional Consultants from the applied Technical Consultants who usually concentrate on the structural and technical feasibility aspects of design.
In every usage, functionality may be seen as a subjective mapping from a human perspective (that of the user) to the elements or components of some kind of system, which preserves the relationships among the elements or components (business requirement, legacy or target systems.
The work of a Functional Consultant is an interdisciplinary field. drawing upon knowledge of a specific field; for example banking, insurance, trading etc… technology, project methodology, social/communication s kills written or verbal.
A good system build should satisfy at least the two principles of; firmitatis and utilitatis , which translates roughly as -
If you enjoyed this article make sure to read 'The Role of the Functional and Technical Consultant in the 21st Century' also on this blog.