Create a Horizontally Optimized SDLC to Better Meet Business Demands

Local optimization isn’t the answer – you must examine the entire SDLC.

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An unoptimized SDLC can result in:

  • Rework
  • Wasted investment
  • Organizational ineffectiveness
  • Siloed teams

Horizontal optimization across your SDLC will:

  • Improve traceability across your SDLC phases
  • Produce higher quality software than a process that is not optimized
  • Clearly identify roles and responsibilities of all business and technical stakeholders
  • Provide guidance for secondary processes like Project Management Lifecycle (PMLC) in measuring output from each of the five key activities of the SDLC
  • Provide much better traceability across the five SDLC activities
  • Deliver more value in the form of less waste

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Module 1: Document Your Current SDLC

The Purpose

  • Understand SDLC current state.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understanding of your current SDLC state and metrics to measure the success of your SDLC optimization initiative.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Document the key business objectives that your SDLC delivers upon.
  • Documented business objectives
1.2 Document your current SDLC process using a SIPOC process map.
  • Documented SIPOC process map
1.3 Identify appropriate metrics in order to track the effectiveness of your SDLC optimization.
  • Identified metrics to measure the effectiveness of your SDLC optimization
1.4 Document the current state process flow of each SDLC phase.
  • Documented current state process flows of each SDLC phase
1.5 Document the control points and tools used within each phase.
  • Documented control points and tools used within each SDLC phase

Module 2: Assess Challenges and Define Root Causes

The Purpose

  • Understand current SDLC challenges and root causes.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understand the core areas of your SDLC that require optimization.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Identify the current challenges that exist within each SDLC phase.
  • Identified current challenges
2.2 Determine the root cause of the challenges that exist within each SDLC phase.
  • Identified root causes of your SDLC challenges

Module 3: Determine Your SDLC Optimization Initiatives

The Purpose

  • Understand common best practices and the best possible optimization initiatives to help optimize your current SDLC.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understand the best ways to address your SDLC challenges.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Define optimization initiatives to address the challenges in each SDLC phase.
  • Defined list of potential optimization initiatives to address SDLC challenges

Module 4: Define SDLC Target State

The Purpose

  • Define your SDLC target state while maintaining traceability across your overall SDLC process.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understand what will be required to reach your optimized SDLC.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Determine the target state of your SDLC.
  • Determined SDLC target state
4.2 Determine the people, tools, and control points necessary to achieve your target state.
  • Identified people, processes, and tools necessary to achieve target state
4.3 Assess the traceability between phases to ensure a seamlessly optimized SDLC.
  • Completed traceability alignment map and prioritized list of initiatives

Module 5: Prioritize Initiatives and Develop Rollout Strategy

The Purpose

  • Define how you will reach your target state.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Create a plan of action to achieve your desired target state.

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Gain the full scope of effort required to implement your SDLC optimization initiatives.Gain the full scope of effort required to implement your SDLC optimization initiatives.
  • Level of effort required to implement your SDLC optimization initiatives
5.2 Identify the enablers and blockers of your SDLC optimization.
  • Identified enablers and blockers of your SDLC optimization
5.3 Define your SDLC optimization roadmap.
  • Defined optimization roadmap
5.4 Create a communication plan to share initiatives with the business.
  • Completed communication plan to present your optimization strategy to stakeholders
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