Availability Toolkit: best-practice templates, step-by-step work plans and maturity diagnostics

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Save time, empower your teams and effectively upgrade your processes with access to this practical Availability Toolkit and guide. Address common challenges with best-practice templates, step-by-step work plans and maturity diagnostics for any Availability related project.

Download the Toolkit and in Three Steps you will be guided from idea to implementation results.

The Toolkit contains the following practical and powerful enablers with new and updated Availability specific requirements:


STEP 1: Get your bearings

Start with...

  • The latest quick edition of the Availability Self Assessment book in PDF containing 49 requirements to perform a quickscan, get an overview and share with stakeholders.

Organized in a data driven improvement cycle RDMAICS (Recognize, Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control and Sustain), check the…

  • Example pre-filled Self-Assessment Excel Dashboard to get familiar with results generation

Then find your goals...


STEP 2: Set concrete goals, tasks, dates and numbers you can track

Featuring new and updated case-based questions, organized into seven core areas of process design, this Self-Assessment will help you identify areas in which Availability improvements can be made.

Examples; 10 of the standard requirements:

  1. Many teams will find that informal modeling sessions around whiteboards will be sufficient, although sometimes more formal modeling sessions, such as Joint Application Design (JAD) strategies or stakeholder interviews will work best. How will non- functional requirements pertaining to availability, security, performance, and many other factors be addressed?

  2. Will it support physical, application, and data security, including such capabilities as authentication, authorization, availability, confidentiality, identity management, integrity, audit, security monitoring, incident response, and security policy management?

  3. The match between the required and delivered non-functional characteristics; is security, availability, performance, etc. of the delivered result in accordance with the planned characteristics?

  4. Service Level Requirements: What service level requirements should the infrastructure support, such as service response time, throughput, and availability, and how is it required to scale over time?

  5. How likely is it that this particular approach will enable us to meet our requirements for 24x7 high availability and reliability in the provisioned Big Data analytics service?

  6. Processing time availability-assuming that other clients are also using the same recovery site, how much processing time is the institution entitled to on a particular computer system?

  7. What are some of our practices for having application consistent snapshots across multiple persistent storage systems for disaster recovery and or high availability purposes?

  8. Which cloud deployment model is typically preferred by an individual who is least concerned about the security or availability risks and most concerned about reducing cost?

  9. Review availability, completeness and timeliness of reports from all service delivery points. how many reports should there have been from all service delivery points?

  10. Is your system and network architecture based on a high availability design that includes redundant firewalls, routers, switches and IDS, and load balanced or clustered servers?


Complete the self assessment, on your own or with a team in a workshop setting. Use the workbook together with the self assessment requirements spreadsheet:

  • The workbook is the latest in-depth complete edition of the Availability book in PDF containing requirements, which criteria correspond to the criteria in...

Your Availability self-assessment dashboard which gives you your dynamically prioritized projects-ready tool and shows your organization exactly what to do next:

  • The Self-Assessment Excel Dashboard; with the Availability Self-Assessment and Scorecard you will develop a clear picture of which Availability areas need attention, which requirements you should focus on and who will be responsible for them:

    • Shows your organization instant insight in areas for improvement: Auto generates reports, radar chart for maturity assessment, insights per process and participant and bespoke, ready to use, RACI Matrix
    • Gives you a professional Dashboard to guide and perform a thorough Availability Self-Assessment
    • Is secure: Ensures offline data protection of your Self-Assessment results
    • Dynamically prioritized projects-ready RACI Matrix shows your organization exactly what to do next:

 

STEP 3: Implement, Track, follow up and revise strategy

The outcomes of STEP 2, the self assessment, are the inputs for STEP 3; Start and manage Availability projects with the 62 implementation resources:

  • 62 step-by-step Availability Project Management Form Templates covering over 6000 Availability project requirements and success criteria:

Examples; 10 of the check box criteria:

  1. Cost Management Plan: Are procurement deliverables arriving on time and to specification?

  2. Variance Analysis: How do you verify authorization to proceed with all authorized work?

  3. Procurement Audit: Were all admitted tenderers invited to submit a tender for each specific contract?

  4. Variance Analysis: Is work progressively subdivided into detailed work packages as requirements are defined?

  5. Cost Management Plan: Resources Ð How will human resources be scheduled during each phase of the Availability project?

  6. Cost Management Plan: Are internal Availability project status meetings held at reasonable intervals?

  7. Lessons Learned: To what extent was the evolution of risks communicated?

  8. Project or Phase Close-Out: How much influence did the stakeholder have over others?

  9. Probability and Impact Matrix: Is the delay in one subAvailability project going to affect another?

  10. Human Resource Management Plan: Who will be impacted (both positively and negatively) as a result of or during the execution of this Availability project?

 
Step-by-step and complete Availability Project Management Forms and Templates including check box criteria and templates.

1.0 Initiating Process Group:

  • 1.1 Availability project Charter
  • 1.2 Stakeholder Register
  • 1.3 Stakeholder Analysis Matrix


2.0 Planning Process Group:

  • 2.1 Availability project Management Plan
  • 2.2 Scope Management Plan
  • 2.3 Requirements Management Plan
  • 2.4 Requirements Documentation
  • 2.5 Requirements Traceability Matrix
  • 2.6 Availability project Scope Statement
  • 2.7 Assumption and Constraint Log
  • 2.8 Work Breakdown Structure
  • 2.9 WBS Dictionary
  • 2.10 Schedule Management Plan
  • 2.11 Activity List
  • 2.12 Activity Attributes
  • 2.13 Milestone List
  • 2.14 Network Diagram
  • 2.15 Activity Resource Requirements
  • 2.16 Resource Breakdown Structure
  • 2.17 Activity Duration Estimates
  • 2.18 Duration Estimating Worksheet
  • 2.19 Availability project Schedule
  • 2.20 Cost Management Plan
  • 2.21 Activity Cost Estimates
  • 2.22 Cost Estimating Worksheet
  • 2.23 Cost Baseline
  • 2.24 Quality Management Plan
  • 2.25 Quality Metrics
  • 2.26 Process Improvement Plan
  • 2.27 Responsibility Assignment Matrix
  • 2.28 Roles and Responsibilities
  • 2.29 Human Resource Management Plan
  • 2.30 Communications Management Plan
  • 2.31 Risk Management Plan
  • 2.32 Risk Register
  • 2.33 Probability and Impact Assessment
  • 2.34 Probability and Impact Matrix
  • 2.35 Risk Data Sheet
  • 2.36 Procurement Management Plan
  • 2.37 Source Selection Criteria
  • 2.38 Stakeholder Management Plan
  • 2.39 Change Management Plan


3.0 Executing Process Group:

  • 3.1 Team Member Status Report
  • 3.2 Change Request
  • 3.3 Change Log
  • 3.4 Decision Log
  • 3.5 Quality Audit
  • 3.6 Team Directory
  • 3.7 Team Operating Agreement
  • 3.8 Team Performance Assessment
  • 3.9 Team Member Performance Assessment
  • 3.10 Issue Log


4.0 Monitoring and Controlling Process Group:

  • 4.1 Availability project Performance Report
  • 4.2 Variance Analysis
  • 4.3 Earned Value Status
  • 4.4 Risk Audit
  • 4.5 Contractor Status Report
  • 4.6 Formal Acceptance


5.0 Closing Process Group:

  • 5.1 Procurement Audit
  • 5.2 Contract Close-Out
  • 5.3 Availability project or Phase Close-Out
  • 5.4 Lessons Learned

 

Results

With this Three Step process you will have all the tools you need for any Availability project with this in-depth Availability Toolkit.

In using the Toolkit you will be better able to:

  • Diagnose Availability projects, initiatives, organizations, businesses and processes using accepted diagnostic standards and practices
  • Implement evidence-based best practice strategies aligned with overall goals
  • Integrate recent advances in Availability and put process design strategies into practice according to best practice guidelines

Defining, designing, creating, and implementing a process to solve a business challenge or meet a business objective is the most valuable role; In EVERY company, organization and department.

Unless you are talking a one-time, single-use project within a business, there should be a process. Whether that process is managed and implemented by humans, AI, or a combination of the two, it needs to be designed by someone with a complex enough perspective to ask the right questions. Someone capable of asking the right questions and step back and say, 'What are we really trying to accomplish here? And is there a different way to look at it?'

This Toolkit empowers people to do just that - whether their title is entrepreneur, manager, consultant, (Vice-)President, CxO etc... - they are the people who rule the future. They are the person who asks the right questions to make Availability investments work better.

This Availability All-Inclusive Toolkit enables You to be that person.

 

Includes lifetime updates

Every self assessment comes with Lifetime Updates and Lifetime Free Updated Books. Lifetime Updates is an industry-first feature which allows you to receive verified self assessment updates, ensuring you always have the most accurate information at your fingertips.

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  • 5
    Thank you, this is perfect - I will certainly be recommending Self Assessment dashboards to all - I can not wait to tell my colleagues on Monday.

    Posted by MEL F. on 5th Sep 2018

    MEL F. Change Management Professional

  • 5
    The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Canada

    Posted by The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Canada on 4th Sep 2018

    I would like to extend my sincere appreciation. I would also like to thank you for your service in promoting business continuity practices. I wish you every success in your work.

  • 5
    Thanks for this; a lot of work has gone into developing and producing this, I am looking forward to using it in the coming weeks.

    Posted by DR STEVEN.B. on 4th Sep 2018

    DR STEVEN.B. Head of Information Security & Assurance

  • 5
    DAVID T. Software Consultant

    Posted by DAVID T. on 4th Sep 2018

    Quality is a topic that is very important for me right now, and it should be important for every team. This book contains a self-assessment that can be useful for your organization to find out where you currently are. If you struggle to ask the right questions about your efforts, this book will give many of them, and a way to score your answers

  • 5
    Just looked at the files. Impressive. Well done. I am learning.

    Posted by MARTIN B. on 3rd Sep 2018

    MARTIN B. Risks and Compliance, Vulnerability and Security Testing, Threat Detection and Response, Managed Security Services.

  • 5
    Awesome, thank you so much!!

    Posted by ZORAN M. on 2nd Sep 2018

    ZORAN M. Knowledge Management Consultant

  • 5
    Congrats! Very cool!

    Posted by Caryn B. on 5th Aug 2018

    Caryn B. Vice President Production

  • 5
    Thank you for the excel dashboard. It is so powerful.

    Posted by TAHAR H. on 5th Aug 2018

    TAHAR H. Researcher at Institute of Economic Analysis and Prospective Studies

  • 5
    Seems quite handy - going to start using it next month as we're investing quite a lot in it. This will define for us what to do in this space and solve a real problem (rather than chasing shiny objects).

    Posted by DAVIN B. on 5th Aug 2018

    DAVIN B. Systems Manager