Prototyping – Solution Design

Analyzing the Problem

What it’s about

Analyzing the steering puzzle in three dimensions:

  • Organization (the human dimension)
  • Process (workflow and procedures)
  • Systems (tools and data)

SWOT Analysis.

Expectations of Company Directors, Managers, and Users.

How it’s done

We conduct interviews, collect and analyze data and available documents.

What we deliver

An analytical report and a detailed implementation proposal (budget, duration, what it will cost and expected ROI).

Solving the Problem

What it’s about

Designing an in-the-lab solution to the steering puzzle.

How it’s done

We develop a model that describes:

  • Incoming data (e.g., projects, resources, constraints)
  • Interface with third-party solutions
  • Data processing
  • User roles and workflow
  • Outgoing data (exporting and reporting)

We identify and define the key processes.

What we deliver

A document describing the rules for use, modeling rules for different kinds of business and resources, how to handle constraints, a detailed description of functionalities associated with each user role, necessary adaptations, interface, and so on.

Solution Prototyping

What it’s about

We create a prototype that will help validate the problem-solving approach described in the preceding phase.

This prototype serves to evaluate, to validate the remedies (once established) and to conduct integration testing (once the points of interface are up and running). This framework allows the solution to be refined, primarily in order to finalize how to define the specifications of adaptations and points of interface.

How it’s done

We identify and create “use cases” that illustrate how the solution might realistically be used.

These “use cases” are tested and the solution is refined through a multi-phase process until it responds in accordance with the prescriptions laid out in the initial analysis (albeit prior to the introduction of adaptations and interface points).

What we deliver
  • PlanningForce is installed
  • “Use cases” are identified and described
  • The solution template is finalized
  • The final specifications of processes are determined
  • The final specifications for the development of adaptations and interface points are determined

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