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SOFTWARE AIDE - The 7 Steps

Step 1 : Ask, Why Are We Doing This?

Suggested Tasks & Tools
Suggested Task     Useful Tools
  Identify & document "sources of pain".     Feedback from planning sessions, monthly forecast meetings, etc.  
  Explain what you are trying to achieve to others, listen to their questions and comments.     Single page document of sources of pain.
First draft pass of high level objectives.
 
  Gain an understanding of the organization's broader, strategic goals & how this project fits in.     Strategic planning binder or presentation.  
  Document your objectives, write it down.     PowerPoint.  


Common Roles
Buttonwood     Client
  Provide outside perspective.     Provide insider's view.  
  Contribute & explain the "Top 10" list of most often cited sources of pain.     Become familiar with "Top 10" list of most often cited sources of pain.  
  Review list of "friends of the team" & make possible suggestions for additions/deletions.     Develop list of "friends of the team" to speak with. Conduct informal sessions to understand sources of pain.  
  Review first pass draft of project's goals, provide feedback based on similar prior experience.     Draft first pass of project's goals.  


 
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