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Electronic Software Delivery – Best Practices Part 3 – Draw a picture

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You’ve got goals and stakeholders for your ESD project. Now, draw a picture.

Use whatever is comfortable, including the analog pencil and paper. The format doesn’t matter. Ignore buzzwords like UML, Flow, Process, BPM, etc. and ignore getting sucked into fancy diagramming tool choices. Draw the picture however you are comfortable. The diagram will change, guaranteed.

At OMS we go back-and-forth between system diagrams and activity diagrams.

Here’s an example of an activity box diagram we use to help get lubricate conversations about ESD.

Plan == Create == Build == Manage == Release == Entitle == Distribute == Support
ESDActivity2.png

The objective of this step is simply to outline areas of focus that are important to achieving the business outcomes you desire. This is not an implementation checklist, that will come later. This is the umbrella sketch of things your organization will think about (and do) that impact your digital distribution project.

If you prefer, you may wish to sketch the system, or infrastructure for your project. Inside the firewall, staging, testing, Customer facing, Partner facing are four good starting boxes. In other words, the where instead of the what that you will ultimately use. Again, don’t worry about what it looks like, just get it down on paper.

It make no difference, at this point, whether your perspective is process (what) or system (where). Just start drawing. You’ll find that these pictures will become the most used and discussed tools in your ESD project toolkit.

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