IT Assessments

IT Assessments-photoY&L Consulting has a very structured approach to conducting an IT project assessment to ensure that all details are accounted for and that both parties are on the same page.

Following are the steps in Y&L’s project assessment process:

1.    Discuss high level architecture with the client

            a.    Gather non-functional requirements
            b.    Discuss integration points
            c.    Discuss downstream systems
            d.    Discuss constraints/risks
            e.    Brainstorm options

2.    Prepare first draft of technical/process document

            a.    Study current system
            b.    Study current architecture
            c.    Understand functional requirements
            d.    Understand non-functional requirements
            e.    Include industry experience
             f.    Document risks and assumptions
            g.    Prepare high level design
            h.    Perform tech review with Y&L peers

3.    Group review with the client

            a.    Share assumptions, basis of assumptions
            b.    Discuss technical details/options
            c.    Discuss the recommended solution and reasons
            d.    Discuss risks and mitigation
            e.    Collect feedback

4.    Rework

            a.    Incorporate feedback comments
            b.    Re-analyze assumptions, risks and mitigation
            c.    Perform causal analysis for review comments
            d.    Compile final documentation with timelines for delivery
            e.    Prepare low level design document
            f.    Perform estimation – time and materials or fixed price
            g.    Internal document review

5.    Final Presentation

            a.    Present high and low level design options
            b.    Point out where review comments were incorporated
            c.    Stress the assumptions, risks and mitigation
            d.    Stress the inclusion of review comments
            e.    Discuss estimates
            f.    Collect feedback and next steps

6.    Plan and Project Approval

            a.    Kick off development

Y&L works hard to ensure that there is significant input and representation from the client side during the project assessment design process.  This includes technical/architectural folks as well as business/functional specialists.  Y&L’s team of domain and technical experts meet with client representatives regularly throughout the assessment process to ensure strong communication and few, if any, surprises.