Software Delivery Accelerators

Accelerate Time to Business Value

Building custom software is a significant and risky investment. Whether building to streamline an internal company process, launching a new customer-facing product, or anywhere in between, UDig’s process focuses on the value-add activities and deliverables that drive success. Starting with our Software Delivery Accelerator is a great way to ensure your project stays on budget, is completed on time, and successfully meets stakeholder objectives.

Projects with a well-defined scope were 60% more likely to be successful than without.

– The Standish Group

Projects with a formal plan were 30% more likely to be successful than without a plan.

– Project Management Institute

Where Does This Fit?

Most software projects operate using an agile or iterative delivery model like scrum. These agile frameworks all start with some form of a prioritized list of features based on business value, usually referred to as a product backlog, that facilities incremental delivery of value. Unfortunately, the gap in many of these frameworks is that they don’t provide guidance on how to get from product idea to product backlog. That’s where our Software Delivery Accelerator fills the gap, we help you go from idea to development ready.

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Our Approach

approach: assess & synthesize

1. Interview & Assess

ACTIVITIES

  • Conduct kickoff with key ​executive stakeholders​
  • Conduct discovery meetings, stakeholder interviews, and contextual inquiry sessions​
  • Review current systems, ​processes, or documentation

DELIVERABLES

  • Discovery Meeting Summaries
  • Project Charter

approach: envision & plan

2. Research & Plan

ACTIVITIES

  • Conduct research into identified business and technology needs​
  • Synthesize all findings and begin to produce components of the plan​
  • Conduct follow-up meetings as needed to clarify understanding​
  • Conduct a preliminary review of findings with stakeholders

DELIVERABLES

  • Findings, Recommendations, & Ideas​
  • Status Checkpoint Documentation

approach: present & prepose

3. Refine & Deliver

ACTIVITIES

  • Assemble final plan​
  • Conduct initial reviews of the plan with key stakeholders and collect feedback​
  • Refine the plan​
  • Present and deliver the final plan and product backlog

DELIVERABLES

  • Solution Guide​
  • Proposal for Next Steps

Packages

Basic

Comprehensive discovery and scoping effort to define a custom software solution and deliver a roadmap to understand the expected total investment.​

3-4 weeks

Includes:

  • Project charter​
  • Future state definition​
  • Design concept​
  • Software delivery roadmap​
  • Solution architecture & technology​ stack recommendation​
  • Proposal for executing the next phase

Premium

Establish your vision, market positioning, and technology stack then accelerate delivery by establishing your initial product backlog.​

6-10 weeks

Everything in Basic plus:

  • Review of existing system code and data ​
  • Market positioning assessment​
  • Business risk analysis​
  • Multiple design concepts​
  • User journey map​
  • Initial product backlog

Enterprise

Bring innovation to your enterprise by identifying opportunities to break the “this is how we’ve always done it” mold by adopting emerging technologies and practices.​

10-16+ weeks

Everything in Premium plus:

  • Review sessions with your enterprise architecture team​
  • Incorporate any enterprise standards, procedures, or processes​
  • Document privacy, security, and compliance considerations​
  • Preliminary quality & rollout strategy​
  • Data migration strategy

Deliverables Summary

BASIC

All the core deliverables to ensure you have an executable plan and key stakeholder buy-in.

PREMIUM

A better set of visuals and an initial product backlog that is ready for a technical team to engage.

ENTERPRISE

Additional consideration for constraints and alignment needed to execute in a complex organization.

Good communication is critical to the success of any project, especially at the beginning. UDig includes meeting summaries and status reports at all package levels (basic, premium, & enterprise) of the Software Delivery Accelerators to ensure that all findings and requirements uncovered in the interview and discovery sessions are captured and documented so all stakeholders are informed of the project’s progress.

Project Overview

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Market Positioning Assessment

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Project Goals, Objectives, & Impact

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Constraints: Scope

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included in software delivery

Constraints: Time & Schedule

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Constraints: Cost & Budget

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Constraints: Technology

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Risk Management: Project Risks

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Risk Management: Business Risks

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Stakeholder Register

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Success Criteria: General

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Success Criteria: Stakeholder Specific

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Solution Scope Definition

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Current State Definition

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Future State Definition including Architecture

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included in software delivery

Technology Stack Recommendation Including Consideration of Third-Party Platforms & Services

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included in software delivery
included in software delivery

Enterprise Alignment Assessment

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Roadmap: Incremental Delivery Plan

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included in software delivery
included in software delivery

Roadmap: Sequencing Recommendations

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included in software delivery
included in software delivery

Roadmap: Estimated Sizing

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included in software delivery
included in software delivery

Privacy, Security, & Compliance Considerations

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Quality & Rollout Strategy

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Data Migration Strategy

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Initial Product Backlog

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included in software delivery

Design: Design Concepts

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Design: User Journey Maps

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at all package levels (basic, premium, & enterprise) to ensure that all findings and requirements uncovered in the interview and discovery sessions are captured and documented so all stakeholders are informed of the project’s progress.

Sample Deliverables

EVENT DESIGN

PORTAL DESIGN

SOLUTION ARCHITECTURE

RISK MANAGEMENT

SUBSET OF SCOPE DEFINITION

TIMELINE & TEAM

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you recommend these activities and deliverables?

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Will some of these deliverables just become shelf-ware?

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How do I know what package is right for my project?

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What if we have already completed this work, can you start with our existing documentation?

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How much will the next phase of my project cost?

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