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

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"I’ve been reflecting on architecture a lot lately. I collaborate with Enterprise Architecture on the definition of conceptual and logical architecture specifications e.g., data architecture, application architecture etc. I work in a team of Business Consultants with expertise in Program and Project Management, Solution Architecture and Enterprise architecture. Our clients operational units get an expert solution and I help continuously improve the Solution Architecture team’s knowledge, methodologies and customer-facing collateral. The big challenge of the job is to intake a clients business vision and translate that to technical solution and architecture requirements. It’s better than any of the jobs I’ve ever had."

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


STEP 1: Get your bearings

Start with...

  • The latest quick edition of the Solution Architecture 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 961 new and updated case-based questions, organized into seven core areas of process design, this Self-Assessment will help you identify areas in which Solution Architecture improvements can be made.

Examples; 10 of the 961 standard requirements:

  1. When developing and capitalizing on solutions, do we as owners consider the societal cost, systemic risk, and risk externality to avoid what may be called designer hubris. In other words, why add features when they are not needed and contribute to the insecurity/fragility of the whole system?

  2. Architecture documents often serve as a framework for projects which require the design of a solution, realization or implementation. principal questions: are such documents present and does solution architecture play a role?

  3. Have the goals and performance objectives been translated into an actionable and realistic target business and information architecture expressed within business functions, business processes, and information requirements?

  4. Does the conceptual solution architecture support the target performance, business, and data architectures developed in prior steps, along with recommendations for transitioning from the As-Is state to the To-Be state?

  5. Are the results of the security categorization process for the information system consistent with the organizations enterprise architecture and commitment to protecting organizational mission/business processes

  6. Extra-functional properties specification: Does the component model contain means for specification and reasoning of specific extra-functional properties. If yes, which types and/or which properties?

  7. Who leads mapping the current and future plan or roadmap for your organizations IT strategy, including the extent to which current and future strategic themes align with applicable acquisitions?

  8. 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?

  9. Who is in the roles of Chief Enterprise Architect, Enterprise Business Architect, Enterprise Information Architect, Enterprise Application/Solution Architect, Enterprise Technology Architect?

  10. Do both the business and IT leadership teams understand the adjustments that are required for the current business and information environments to fulfill the target performance architecture?


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 Solution Architecture book in PDF containing 961 requirements, which criteria correspond to the criteria in...

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

  • 62 step-by-step Solution Architecture Project Management Form Templates covering over 1500 Solution Architecture project requirements and success criteria:

Examples; 10 of the check box criteria:

  1. Project Performance Report: To what degree does the teamÕs work approach provide opportunity for members to engage in fact-based problem solving?

  2. Cost Baseline: Has the Solution Architecture projected annual cost to operate and maintain the product(s) or service(s) been approved and funded?

  3. Schedule Management Plan: Are changes in scope (deliverable commitments) agreed to by all affected groups & individuals?

  4. Communications Management Plan: Is there an important stakeholder who is actively opposed and will not receive messages?

  5. Procurement Audit: If the expert was allowed to submit a tender, was all the relevant information the expert had gained from his earlier involvement made available to the other bidders?

  6. Team Directory: Have you decided when to celebrate the Solution Architecture projects completion date?

  7. Activity Duration Estimates: Describe a Solution Architecture project that suffered from scope creep. Could it have been avoided?

  8. Quality Audit: How does the organization know that its Strategic Plan is providing the best guidance for the future of the organization?

  9. Team Member Status Report: Are the organizationÕs Solution Architecture projects more successful over time?

  10. Change Request: Since there are no change requests in your Solution Architecture project at this point, what must you have before you begin?

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

1.0 Initiating Process Group:

  • 1.1 Solution Architecture project Charter
  • 1.2 Stakeholder Register
  • 1.3 Stakeholder Analysis Matrix


2.0 Planning Process Group:

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

In using the Toolkit you will be better able to:

  • Diagnose Solution Architecture 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 Solution Architecture 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 Solution Architecture investments work better.

This Solution Architecture 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
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    Posted by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY (NIST) on 5th Sep 2018

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    This is a structured, in-depth review and how to work out how develop the controls and processes that will begin to solve the problem. Knowing what questions to ask is the starting point. The level of questions and analysis required will surprise, but this level of details is essential.

  • 5
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    GREG C. CEO Managed Service Provider

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    ELLEN C. Enterprise Innovation: Business & Information Technology Strategist

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    MARIETTA W. Senior Consultant

    Posted by MARIETTA W. on 5th Aug 2018

    Standard Requirements is a straightforward guide. It is a tool to help develop a detailed vision of all areas impacted by an implementation, and a useful tool for scoring readiness and implementation quality.

  • 5
    The Self-Assessment is a great tool to gather feedback and input from others, especially challenges, and things to watch out for. Very helpful!

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    JULIE M. AWS Solution Architect

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