Castellan* Systems was started by Michael A. Velez B.Math DipPM when he thought that other Project Managers may want to use a
tool like ProMan, which has now evolved into Condotiero. He began putting together Foundations when he started working for an
organisation that didn't really have a project management framework; in fact he was the first purposely hired IT Project Manager by that organisation.
He was going to offer it free to that organisation but that's another story.
*A Castellan is the keeper or governor of a castle. Michael was born in Madrid, Spain. Madrid is located in the region of Castile, or Castilla in Spanish; it means "land of castles". That makes him a "Castellano" and hence "Castellan Systems".
Castellan Systems provide practical solutions for Project Managers; from a structured, but down to Earth, project management framework, to solutions that reduce the mountain of paperwork that a Project Manager usually faces. This allows Project Managers to spend more time with the project team and ensure that they have a better grasp on what's happening.
While we have a suite of solutions available, we're happy to discuss with a prospective client any ideas they may have for a new application to suit their needs. Just contact us and we can talk about it.
At Castellan Systems we believe that applications should not only be functional but also pleseant to look at. That's why we put a lot of effort into making them look as nice as possible. The user experience is very important to us!
These days there is a strong push for what is called "Agile Management"; as our Managing Director, Michael A. Velez, has pointed out in his fine article, there is no such thing as "Agile Management" as a substitute to Project Management; "Agile" is a "Product Development" approach. Therefore, the Project Management tools available from Castellan Systems are equally, if not more, appropriate to an "Agile" environment. The more agile or dynamic an project environment is, the more important strong project management principles and processes are. In a fast moving project environment things can go wrong very quickly and if the project management disciplines are not strongly applied these problems may not be picked up until it's too late. A solution like Condotiero or Almogavar allows an Agile Project Manager to apply a strong project management discipline while reducing the time to perform these tasks. Almogavar is a Project Management tool for Project Managers running Agile projects.