Envisioning

Published: November 30, 2006

The fundamental objective of any deployment project is to deploy the operating system with the required applications onto each client computer. This process requires installing applications in addition to the core image. To plan the deployment project, first define the project scope and objectives. In support of this activity, this guide focuses on defining the minimum requirements as they relate to the infrastructure and client computers. The main objective of this guide is to help readers obtain a complete picture of the infrastructure and employ a process to analyze this information. Readers can then use this information to determine the project’s constraints and risks. This process also helps in creating the deployment project plan.

Figure 2 illustrates where this step occurs in the infrastructure deployment process.

Figure 2. Defining infrastructure project scope and requirements

Figure 2. Defining infrastructure project scope and requirements
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Define the Initial Scope of Deployment Define the Initial Scope of Deployment
Milestone: Initial Scope of Deployment Defined Milestone: Initial Scope of Deployment Defined

Roles and Responsibilities

Table 1 lists the focus areas for the different role clusters for defining the infrastructure project scope and requirements.

Table 1. Roles and Responsibilities During the Envisioning Phase

Role Cluster

Focus

Product Management

  • Setting up a team

  • Defining the business goals

  • Creating the vision and defining the scope for the project

  • Profiling user and organization requirements

Program Management

  • Setting up a team

  • Assessing the current situation

  • Creating the vision and defining the scope for the project

  • Developing the solution concept

  • Assessing risk

  • Defining the project structure

Development

  • Understanding the technology options

  • Assessing the current situation

User Experience

  • Creating testing strategies

  • Defining testing acceptance criteria

  • Understanding implications of test strategies and criteria

Test

  • Understanding user performance needs and implications

Release Management

  • Understanding deployment implications

  • Defining operations management and supportability

  • Defining operational acceptance criteria

Define the Initial Scope of Deployment

Every organization should have a general idea of the number of client computers that are included in its network and of the overall number of applications that run on these computers. Ideally, readers will be intimately familiar with this information; but if not, begin by using an estimated number of client computers and applications to define the initial scope of the deployment. Doing so helps establish a general idea of the duration of the project and the level of effort that will be required to perform a complete replacement of the operating system within the network. This general idea is used to create a baseline for the project. The tasks outlined in the other phases of this guide help refine this initial evaluation and identify exactly how many computers are targeted and which additional changes will be required in the network to fully support the deployment.

Milestone: Initial Scope of Deployment Defined

The Infrastructure Remediation feature team plays a crucial part in the initial evaluation of the environment. The lead team uses this analysis to create the BDD 2007 functional specification and to estimate resources and personnel required to successfully complete the BDD 2007 project. Table 2 lists the deliverables for this milestone.

Table 2. Deliverables During the Envisioning Phase

Deliverable ID

Description

Initial Project Scope

An initial estimate of project scope is required by the project team for the creation of the BDD functional specification. This document will be used to estimate resources and personnel required to complete the overall project.

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