7-Hr Solution Evaluation
About course

This course will explain the work done to facilitate successful project implementation and to validate the project solution meets the business need. Solution options such as custom build, commercial off-the-shelf and third party hosted will be discussed along with guidelines for selecting a solution approach using decision analysis. The use of evaluation criteria for selecting a vendor will also be covered. Methods for assessing organizational readiness will be reviewed along with proven strategies for introducing change. Testing of the solution will be reviewed including types of testing, documentation, plus the testing and defect repair processes. Key considerations for solution implementation will be discussed such as release planning, implementation options, transition requirements and data migration.  The final topic will be best practices for solution performance evaluation to ensure the business need is being met.

Who should attend

This course will benefit business analysts, executives, functional managers, project managers, programmers and other project personnel interested in learning the fundamentals for assessing and implementing a project solution, plus validating it meets the business need.

Course features

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Explain project solution options and how to select a solution using decision analysis
  • Establish evaluation criteria for vendor assessment
  • Determine organizational readiness on a project
  • Describe the types of testing and documentation done on projects
  • Assist in the preparation of implementation plans
  • Evaluate solution performance to validate the business need is met
Course outline

Module 1: Assessing the Proposed Solution 

  • Project Solution Options (custom development, commercial off-the-shelf and third party hosted) 
  • Appropriate Usage of Solution Options
  • Evaluation Criteria for Vendor Assessment
  • Selecting a Solution using Decision Analysis

Module 2: Assessing Organizational Readiness

  • Cultural Assessment
  • Operational and Technical Assessment
  • Stakeholder Impact Analysis
  • Force Field Analysis 
  • Strategies for Introducing Change

Module 3: Testing the Solution

  • Validating the Solution
  • Types of Testing
  • Testing Process
  • Testing Documentation
  • Defect Repair Process

Module 4: Implementing the Solution

  • Allocation of Requirements to Solution Components
  • Release Planning Considerations
  • Implementation Options and Plan
  • Transition Requirements
  • Data Migration 

Module 5: Evaluating Solution Performance

  • Value Analysis Process
  • Project Acceptance Criteria 
  • Types of Solution Performance Metrics
  • User Feedback

This course is included in the following tracks at a discounted rate if purchased as a part of a track:

Course information
Duration: 7 hours
Earn: 7 PDUs
Delivery Method: Virtual or Traditional Classroom
Knowledge areas addressed

IIBA® BABOK® Guide Version 2.0 Guide Knowledge Areas Addressed:

  • Solution Assessment and Validation

IIBA® BABOK® Guide Version 3.0 Guide Knowledge Areas Addressed:

  • Solution Evaluation

Project Management Institute (PMI)® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) Knowledge Areas Addressed:

  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Integration Management