Chapter 8. MSF Plan Track: Planning a Solution


In this chapter:

Goal

203

Team Focus

204

Key Deliverables

205

Key Checkpoints

205

Planning What to Build

208

Planning How to Build

213

Planning When to Build

229

Preparing Supporting Environments

235

Success Criteria for a Plan Track

238


The vision is set. The scope should be deliverable in the agreed-to time frame with the specified resources. The conceptual solution with its various implementation approaches has been mapped out. Now it is time to take what has been envisioned and work through planning details.

The Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) Plan Track focuses on what to build, how to build it, when to build the component parts, and what supporting environments are needed to deliver a solution. Specifically, a team evolves envisioning deliverables into requirements that fully describe a solution; documents them in a functional specification; develops detailed designs and architectures; and prepares work plans, cost estimates, and schedules for the various Plan Track deliverables. A team also defines and builds the necessary supporting environments to deliver a solution.

With many areas of parallel activity in this track, efforts to properly establish collaboration, communications, and team structure will be put to a test. If planning is done effectively, it reduces risks, detects gaps in thinking, and improves quality.




MicrosoftR Solutions Framework Essentials. Building Successful Technology Solutions
Microsoft Solutions Framework Essentials: Building Successful Technology Solutions
ISBN: 0735623538
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 137

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