By late 2009, Archimage's Principals had a combined 40-year tenure at the company. It is that type of leadership stability that has allowed the firm to thrive during the past three decades. These Principals are not merely supervisors or deal makers, but are active "hands-on" designers and programmers on Archimage projects. Archimage Principals maintain direct contact with clients throughout the project to make sure client needs and urgent requirements are satisfied at all times.
Project teams, including all company Principals, work in an open studio to enhance interaction, increase productivity, and anticipate potential problems. Programmers, designers, and product testers interact with each other on a daily basis. When unexpected issues arise, impromptu team meetings are initiated to problem-solve and present solutions to the clients who are kept in the loop on a daily basis, if necessary.
Archimage achieves maximum productivity by evolving the work project in a phased linear fashion. All projects move from pre-design (information gathering) to schematic design (design concepts), then to design development (design refinement), followed by the finished product. This process allows the project to continue moving forward with frequent presentations and client approvals. Archimage publishes in- progress web projects on the company's development server so that clients can review the progress on a daily basis. By keeping the client in the loop, Archimage can avoid costly modifications that can negatively impact budget and schedule. This cost reduction method results in cost savings that can be passed on to the client through reduced fees.
Our Team Approach
Archimage dedicates at least one company Principal to each assignment, regardless of project size. Principals serve as team leaders who direct the work effort, present in-progress and final work product to clients, collect and respond to client feedback, and coordinate any work that is required to be undertaken by consultants. Additional management support from Archimage's most experienced programmers and /or designers is utilized on large projects that require additional team leadership. This team-based studio approach allows Archimage to handle multiple projects for multiple agencies or clients simultaneously. When an overlap of project scope occurs on two projects, teams draw on each other's resources to expedite the workflow.
Archimage's internal review procedures ensure that the highest quality standards are met. After tasks have been assigned to artists and programmers, in-progress work is reviewed by team leaders and Principals. Reviews take place near project milestones, at weekly meetings, and/or at daily review sessions. Approval by a team leader or Principal is required before work is presented to clients.