Software Life Cycle Toolkit

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Save time, empower your teams and effectively upgrade your processes with access to this practical Software Life Cycle Toolkit and guide. Address common challenges with best-practice templates, step-by-step work plans and maturity diagnostics for any Software Life Cycle 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 Software Life Cycle specific requirements:


STEP 1: Get your bearings

Start with...

  • The latest quick edition of the Software Life Cycle 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 995 new and updated case-based questions, organized into seven core areas of process design, this Self-Assessment will help you identify areas in which Software Life Cycle improvements can be made.

Examples; 10 of the 995 standard requirements:

  1. Does the software provide robust version control (to facilitate identification of most current version of regulatory and customer requirements, as well as tracking changes over time)?

  2. Are all forms of sensitive information (programs, data, output, reports in both human-readable and machine-readable versions) treated with the same level of control?

  3. How do you deploy exactly what was tested while taking into account that different environment variables are needed for your test and production environments?

  4. Are the requirements controlled and maintained throughout the safety software life cycle to minimize conflicting requirements and to maintain accuracy?

  5. How can businesses facilitate rapid SAP application release cycles while maintaining quality, controlling costs and avoiding disruptions?

  6. What version control mechanism is used to support the maintenance of a software product, as adding new features or correcting a defect?

  7. Is modified software or firmware clearly identified with the version of the modification, including configuration control information?

  8. What provisions are in place for data security including data recovery, backup, secure storage, transfer of data, and version control?

  9. How is the responsibility shared through the product lifecycle and what is the responsibility of one development team in the cycle?

  10. What is the difference between writing an application for your organization project and writing an application for mass marketing?


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 Software Life Cycle book in PDF containing 995 requirements, which criteria correspond to the criteria in...

Your Software Life Cycle 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 Software Life Cycle Self-Assessment and Scorecard you will develop a clear picture of which Software Life Cycle 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 Software Life Cycle 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 Software Life Cycle projects with the 62 implementation resources:

  • 62 step-by-step Software Life Cycle Project Management Form Templates covering over 1500 Software Life Cycle project requirements and success criteria:

Examples; 10 of the check box criteria:

  1. Activity Duration Estimates: Why do you need a good WBS to use Software Life Cycle project management software?

  2. Scope Management Plan: Have all team members been part of identifying risks?

  3. Human Resource Management Plan: Are target dates established for each milestone deliverable?

  4. Responsibility Assignment Matrix: What happens when others get pulled for higher priority Software Life Cycle projects?

  5. Project Management Plan: How can you best help your organization to develop consistent practices in Software Life Cycle project management planning stages?

  6. Assumption and Constraint Log: Is there documentation of system capability requirements, data requirements, environment requirements, security requirements, and computer and hardware requirements?

  7. Schedule Management Plan: Are written status reports provided on a designated frequent basis?

  8. Requirements Documentation: How does the proposed Software Life Cycle project contribute to the overall objectives of your organization?

  9. Team Performance Assessment: How do you encourage members to learn from each other?

  10. Procurement Audit: Are known obligations, such as salaries and contracts, encumbered at the beginning of the year?

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

1.0 Initiating Process Group:

  • 1.1 Software Life Cycle project Charter
  • 1.2 Stakeholder Register
  • 1.3 Stakeholder Analysis Matrix


2.0 Planning Process Group:

  • 2.1 Software Life Cycle project Management Plan
  • 2.2 Scope Management Plan
  • 2.3 Requirements Management Plan
  • 2.4 Requirements Documentation
  • 2.5 Requirements Traceability Matrix
  • 2.6 Software Life Cycle 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 Software Life Cycle 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 Software Life Cycle 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 Software Life Cycle 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 Software Life Cycle project with this in-depth Software Life Cycle Toolkit.

In using the Toolkit you will be better able to:

  • Diagnose Software Life Cycle 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 Software Life Cycle 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 Software Life Cycle investments work better.

This Software Life Cycle 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.