The Strategenics Technology Development Lifecycle

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The Strategenics Technology Development Lifecycle™

Strategenics has collected and developed a substantial body of knowledge to improve the return on any investment in technology development. Our approach is summarised by the Strategenics Technology Development Lifecycle™ as depicted in Figure 1 below.

The Strategenics Technology Development Lifecycle Infographic

The Strategenics Technology Development Lifecycle™ connects the dots between strategic intent, business, service and product architecture, strategic roadmap development, implementation and strategic review.

Rationale

Without clear linkages between each stage of the technology lifecycle, the overall strategic intent can be lost. The changing business environment may be perceived as a distracting hindrance during implementation rather than an opportunity.

Product or service implementations could be running full steam ahead but the organisational context and direction may be shifting.

Without management of the technology development lifecycle, project implementations often incur overruns in cost and time and may never achieve the benefits stated in the original business case. Or worse. A project may successfully meet its stated objectives only to realise the business context has changed and the project deliverables and outcomes have no value in the new environment. What a waste of time and money! What an embarrassment!

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Strategic Intent

The first critical stage of the lifecycle is developing the strategic intent. Through an evidence-based approach of market analysis, economic analysis, and SWOT, the strategic opportunity and/or problem statement is defined.

The strategic objectives capture the business response to the market environment.

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Business, Service & Product Architecture

The second stage of the lifecycle builds a detailed understanding of the desired TO-BE architecture. Business requirements are developed as a basis for a revised business model, and/or technology service or product design as appropriate for the type of strategy. Economic models and enterprise architecture artefacts provide an interconnected architecture from a variety of perspectives.

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Strategic Roadmap

The difference between the desired TO-BE architecture and the current AS-IS state creates a gap analysis highlighting the necessary outcomes required for success. The desired outcomes form a chain which describes the intermediate outcomes and linkages required to achieve the strategic objectives and architecture targets and quality metrics.

The outcomes chain forms the framework for the linked roadmap of desired outcomes, costed initiatives and risk mitigation activities. This model provides the strategic context for every initiative. If the context changes, the impact upon linked initiatives is easy to identify.

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Strategic Roadmap

During implementation, agile project management and test-driven development ensure efficient progress is made towards the strategic objectives, architecture targets and quality metrics, and roadmap outcomes. The benefits of this agile approach are that, depending upon progress, implementation activities may be revised, paused, or cancelled and other activities may occur in their place.

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Strategic Review

Always start with the end in mind. If you want to know if your technology development project was successful then you need a method for measuring success or failure from the start.

With that in mind, the Strategenics Technology Development Lifecycle™ embeds measurement at every stage of the lifecycle. Metrics are interconnected across strategic intent, architecture targets, quality metrics, and the linked roadmap outcomes providing a nerve centre of progress and agility. The Strategenics Technology Development Lifecycle™ framework allows you to identify corrective action earlier in the cycle and at lower cost than the typical post project review. It just makes sense!

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