I’ve posted several blogs in the past on tailoring OUM. Here’s one more. As you can see from the title, I call this one Eleven Questions to Ask When Tailoring OUM for Your Project.
Start with the Core Workflow and adjust it based on the following questions.
- Do you need additional Business Requirements (RD) and Requirements Analysis (RA) tasks? If so, add them.
- Are you implementing a custom-off-the-shelf (COTS) product? If yes, review the Mapping and Configuration (MC) process and add any tasks not already included in the Core Workflow. If no, remove the Configuration Sub-Flow tasks.
- Is there custom work? If yes, add additional Analysis (AN), Design (DS), Implementation (IM) and Testing (TE) tasks, as appropriate. If no, you may be able to remove the tasks in the Custom Development Sub-Flow.
- What are the Technical Architecture (TA) requirements? Add TA tasks as appropriate.
- Will there be any data conversion? Add any Data Acquisition and Conversion (CV) tasks as appropriate.
- Are there any Performance Management (PT) requirements? Add PT tasks as appropriate.
- What are the Documentation (DO) requirements? Add DO tasks as appropriate.
- What are the Organizational Change Management (OCM) requirements? Add OCM tasks as appropriate.
- What are the Training (TR) requirements? Add TR tasks as appropriate.
- What are the Transition (TS) requirements? Add TS tasks as appropriate.
- What are the Operations and Support (PS) requirements? Add PS tasks as appropriate.
Now that you’ve identified all the tasks you need, consider how you want to approach your project. Can you use the traditional OUM WBS approach or do you need to configure your workplan a little differently. The possibilities are endless, but that’s a discussion for my next blog.