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Flash Private Mobile Networks operates according to the recognised PRINCE2 methodology; a structured, generic method for effective project management. The aim is to precisely define in advance what we will do, how we will do it, within what time frame and what the end result will look like. In this way, you know what you can expect from us and you have insight into the planning and costs. 

From the method of implementation, the manpower to be deployed and the time schedule, to the rolling out and practical testing of the equipment and the training of the users: everything is described and laid down following approval by the customer. In this way, we guarantee the quality and continuity during the implementation of the project.

For each project, Flash assembles a team of employees, each with their own specialism. The project is then divided into a number of phases: the start-up phase, the design phase, the preparation phase, the implementation phase and the transfer phase. 

  1. Start-up phase
  2. Design phase
  3. Preparation phase
  4. Implementation phase
  5. Transfer phase

1. Start-up phase 

The start-up phase begins immediately after the contract is signed and includes such steps as drawing up the definitive project plan as well as the “master plan”.

The project plan is an overall plan that describes not only the key management products to be delivered, but also the management and technical phasing. The project plan further describes the main points of the key activities, time, money, and people and resources to be deployed, and how the full project will be implemented. The project plan is used by the steering group to enable tracking of the progress of the project and the communication system to be delivered. 

The master plan presents the sub-activities that are carried out in the various phases, the time required for each activity and for each step, which activities depend on which other activities when they are carried out, who is responsible for the activities being carried out and when an activity should be carried out. 

The start-up phase ends with the acceptance and signing of both these documents. 

2. Design phase

Misconceptions can arise during a project about the expectations the principal and the contractor have of the end result. In order to prevent such misconceptions, the final versions of the following documents are drawn up during this phase: 

Detailed design
This is a document in which all aspects of the system are precisely defined and the functionalities are described.

Quality management plan
The quality plan describes the processes and procedures that are used to ensure the consistent delivery of high-quality professional products and services.

Training plan
The training plan describes the various training programmes that will be used in the project to adequately train the end users to use the communication system.

Project plan
A project plan includes the information the project manager needs to properly manage the implementation of a phase or location. The project plan is the project manager’s working document. 

3. Preparation phase

During the preparation phase, all necessary matters are arranged that are needed to properly implement the project in one go, including the programming and delivery of the peripherals and chargers. This phase includes the following activities: 

  1. Order equipment;
  2. Draw up and agree on the fleet map;
  3. Draw up and agree on the accessories; 
  4. Draw up and agree on the migration plan and roll-out planning;
  5. Carry out the necessary pre-recordings;
  6. Draw up and agree on the FAT and SAT documents;
  7. Draw up and agree on the delivery schedule.

This phase is initiated directly following the conclusion of the design phase. The phase is concluded once all preparations have been approved and signed off. 

4. Implementation phase

Now that it has been precisely established what the end result must look like and how this can be achieved, the realisation of the communication system can begin. This is divided into the following components (at minimum): 

  1. The network;
  2. The equipment;
  3. The peripherals;
  4. Carry out Factory Acceptance Test (FAT);
  5. Carry out Site Acceptance Test (SAT);
  6. Migration. 

5. Transfer phase

During this phase, the operational system is formally transferred to Flash’s service and management department, which will keep the system operational as a service for the duration of the contract. During the transfer, the system and training documentation will also be handed over.