Discovery: Our engagement began with a deep, research-intensive phase into the client’s technology and application ecosystem. After hosting a workshop and several in-person interviews with stakeholders from both the business functions and the technology functions, we learned that well-cost estimation was a problem that had the opportunity solve several other horizontal pain points within the organization.
For the Definition phase, we worked with a team of drilling engineers and identified their pain points and inefficiencies for the well cost estimation process. Having found that the entire process was happening through Excel sheets, manual calculations, and PowerPoint presentations, we decided that a web application with access to every actual well cost could automate calculations with a higher degree of estimation accuracy and speed up the process for drilling engineers sitting in an office and company man working on a rig.
For the Delivery phase, we fused our client’s domain knowledge with Agile best practices and started to build out the web application in two-week sprints. As we were developing the solution, we kept close ties with drilling engineers and company men to ensure that the application was closely aligning estimates to actuals, and closing the delta in between. Ultimately, we created an application that allowed engineers to create a well plan based on historical best practices, refine time and cost, and monitor real-time data once the well was spud.