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Cost / Schedule / Function

Comprehensive Project Scoping and Assessment
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Planning a Software Development Project?

Successful software development, the kind that adds value to your business, always starts with thorough project planning, scoping, and design.

The Cost / Schedule / Function (CSF) is Osprey’s robust, proven process for building a reliable estimate, architecture, and roadmap for any software development project. Thoroughly and accurately detailing every aspect of an upcoming software development project is critical to success, but difficult and time consuming without a proven process. However, Osprey Software leverages its deep expertise in building software, along with outstanding client understanding and relations, to deliver a CSF packed with valuable analysis in only 4-6 weeks.

Osprey’s Cost / Schedule / Function will deliver a step-by-step roadmap focused on practicality, efficiency, honesty, and a deep understanding of the client’s business needs. Osprey Software’s consultative acumen ensures that no client ever receives a “pre-packaged” CSF or solution. Rather, each client receives a deeply personalized and thoughtful solution. The knowledge gained from a CSF will impart great confidence about the proposed project – whether it is the confidence to successfully pursue development, or the prescience and insight to rethink the path forward.

The CSF Process Has a 4-6 Week Delivery Time

Prepare and Scope

As the first step, a kickoff meeting is held between all project contributors, from both Osprey and the client team. During this meeting, the focus is on the essential, preliminary steps that must be completed in order for any project to be a success, and they include: establishing well understood project goals, accurately anticipating participation and effort for each project role, establishing expectations for deliverables, and scheduling appropriately for the Discovery phase (next).


Discovery sessions have the purpose of gathering information, and allow Osprey to establish a deep understanding of the client’s business, technology, and operational needs. The sessions consist of a series of 1-on-1 or small group conversations between Osprey and the client. This step of the Cost Schedule Function requires the most client participation. However, it is absolutely crucial that Osprey and the client take this time to establish a vision of the upcoming project with full consideration of all variables. Osprey prides itself on extraordinary client satisfaction, and it starts with a close relationship and understanding client needs.


During the Design stage, Osprey expands upon information gathered during the Discovery stage with additional independent research, best practices, and its extensive experience and expertise. Generally, Osprey will also create designs of project software, project estimates, and project roadmaps at this time. The client-side team participates in the Design stage by reviewing draft deliverables, providing feedback, and offering insights and suggestions.

Review and Improve

When the Design stage of the Cost / Schedule / Function is complete, Osprey delivers a CSF draft. At this time, Osprey and the client meet to discuss the draft deliverable, including: assumptions, risks, timelines, and other technical details. Feedback from this meeting leads to the creation of the final deliverable, and also informs any preparation for an executive presentation, if necessary.


For the final stage, Osprey and the client will meet to review the project and deliverables with all stakeholders and interested parties. The purpose of the final meeting is to thoroughly discuss the final Cost / Schedule / Function, and to provide a walk-through of all details and deliverables.

Cost / Schedule / Function

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