Castellan* Systems was founded by Michael A. Velez B.Math DipPM MSP in 2011 when, after developing a tool for his personal use called ProMan, he thought that other Project Managers could benefit from a tool like ProMan; Michael began developing ProMan while he was working for a large multi-national organisation in Australia. It was as a response to the lack of project management tools provided by that organisation; but he saw the potential of expanding ProMan beyond those confines.
ProMan has now evolved into Condotiero and its Agile brother Almogavar. While the initial goal was to help project managers find out whether their projects are on track, it soon grew into a full, holistic view of what was required in order to completely monitor the Project Management Triangle.
In 2010 Michael 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.
In 2012 QuarterMaster was created in response to an intransigent resource manager at a company where Michael was consulting. In 2016 a similar situation (this time the IT department) resulted in ClockKeeper. The rest of our solutions have come from the fertile mind of our Managing Director and founder.
From 2015 Castellan Systems evolved ProMan into Condotiero which was soon followed by its Agile brother Almogavar. Following their release, development began on other useful applications that support the Project Management Office (PMO) to deliver for their clients. We're continually upgrading theses applications to provide even more assistance to our customers; recently we added Document Management (DMS) facilities and we've just released additional collaboration functionality, like built-in Email and Instant Messaging (IM).
Castellan Systems is located in Wollongong, Australia's ninth largest city. Wollongong has a long a proud history in Information Technology and possesses a vibrant IT industry that has grown around its fine university, from whose rank of graduates we've drawn the bulk of our team members.
*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, Programme & Portfolio Managers, Project Teams and any organisation that executes projects. Starting with a structured, but down to Earth, project management framework, to solutions that reduce the mountain of paperwork that a Project Manager usually faces and actually assist with the execution of projects. This allows Project Managers to spend more time with the project team and ensure that they have a better grasp on what's happening.
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. Those who talk about "Agile Management" are simply referring to Project Management processes that have been tailored for an "Agile" Product Development approach; since tailoring of the Project Management approach has always been part of the Project Management principles, there is nothing unique or new in this.
Therefore, the Project Management tools available from Castellan Systems are equally, if not more, appropriate to an "Agile" environment. The more agile or dynamic a 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. In fact, Almogavar has been designed as a Project Management tool for Project Managers running Agile projects.
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, as we recently did when we created Almoner. As we did with Quiniela and Almoner, these ideas don't even have to related to Project Management; they just need to arouse our interest.
Just contact us and we can talk about it.
Mission & Vision
To implement novel approaches to project management thus delivering cost-effective, practical and capable solutions to its prospective and current clients.
To empower organisations to deliver portfolios, programmes and projects with predictable consistency, efficiency, and success in this changing project world.
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