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Overview

Get the definitive guide to learning the foundational principles, mindsets, and best practices of the Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF), Version 4. Written by a solutions delivery expert, this hands-on guide offers practical examples and case studies to help you apply this adaptable, scalable framework to any project and effectively implement business-driven technology solutions.

Discover how to:

  • Establish an adaptable and flexible solution delivery life cycle
  • Incrementally define, design, build, stabilize and deploy solutions that address business needs
  • Implement a dynamic team model that promotes team agility
  • Manage solution delivery readiness at the individual, project team, and organizational level
  • Proactively minimize project risks
  • Meet release criteria and validate stakeholder expectations and user needs
  • Use governance activities and checkpoints at each stage of your project
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735623538
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael S. V. Turner, DSc, PMP, has more than 18 years of engineering experience and is a senior manager with Microsoft Services headquarters where he helps develop tools, processes, and methodologies for solutions delivery. In addition, Mike is the founder of North Star Analytics, a company that builds artificial intelligence-based software based on his doctoral research.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments;
Introduction;
Who Should Read This Book;
How to Apply the Information in This Book;
What Essentials Have Changed with MSF v4?;
Help Evolve MSF;
Training;
Support for This Book;
Part I: Solution Delivery Fundamentals;
Chapter 1: What Is MSF and Is It Right for You?;
The History and Origins of Microsoft Solutions Framework;
Why a "Framework"?;
How Is MSF Different?;
Key Elements of MSF v4.0;
Summary;
Chapter 2: Understanding Solution Delivery Environments;
Assessing Environmental Challenges;
Optimizing Constraints;
Overcoming Environmental Challenges;
Identifying Opportunities Within a Challenging Business Environment;
Summary;
Chapter 3: Foundational Principles, Mindsets, and Proven Practices;
Foundational Principles;
Mindsets;
Proven Practices;
Summary;
Chapter 4: Building an MSF Team;
MSF Team Model: Team of Advocates;
Adapting the Team Model;
Summary;
Chapter 5: Managing Project Risks;
What Is Risk (and Why You Should Care)?;
MSF Risk Management Process;
Summary;
Chapter 6: Establishing a Solution Delivery Lifecycle;
Solution Delivery Environment;
The Microsoft Solution Delivery Lifecycle;
MSF Governance Model;
Adapting the Microsoft Solution Delivery Lifecycle;
Summary;
Part II: Inner Workings of Solution Delivery;
Chapter 7: MSF Envision Track: Defining a Solution;
Goals;
Team Focus;
Key Deliverables;
Key Checkpoints;
Understanding Stakeholders;
Selecting and Preparing a Project Team;
Defining a Solution;
Scoping a Solution;
Establishing a Basis for Review and Change;
Success Criteria for an Envision Track;
Chapter 8: MSF Plan Track: Planning a Solution;
Goal;
Team Focus;
Key Deliverables;
Key Checkpoints;
Planning What to Build;
Planning How to Build;
Planning When to Build;
Preparing Supporting Environments;
Success Criteria for a Plan Track;
Chapter 9: MSF Build Track: Building a Solution;
Goal;
Team Focus;
Key Deliverables;
Key Checkpoints;
Executing Project Plans;
Testing a Solution;
Success Criteria for Build Track;
Chapter 10: MSF Stabilize Track: Stabilizing a Solution;
Goal;
Team Focus;
Key Deliverables;
Key Checkpoints;
Getting to "Done";
Assessing Solution Stability;
Testing Under Live Conditions;
Success Criteria for a Stabilize Track;
Chapter 11: MSF Deploy Track: Deploying a Solution;
Goal;
Team Focus;
Key Deliverables;
Key Checkpoints;
Deploying to a Production Environment;
Transitioning to Operations and Support;
The Quiet Period;
Success Criteria for a Deploy Track;
Chapter 12: MSF Governance Track: Guiding the Solution Delivery;
Goal;
Team Focus;
Key Deliverables;
Key Checkpoints;
Kicking Off a Project;
Ongoing Solution Delivery Guidance;
Completing a Project;
Success Criteria for a Governance Track;
Appendix : MSFv3 Credits;
Chapter 3: Foundational Principles, Mindsets, and Proven Practices;
Chapter 4: Building an MSF Team;
Chapter 5: Managing Project Risks;
Chapter 6: Establishing a Solution Delivery Life Cycle;
Chapter 7: MSF Envision Track: Defining a Solution;
Appendix : About the Author;
Appendix : Additional Resources for Developers;
Visual Basic 2005;
Visual C# 2005;
Web Development;
Database;
SQL Server 2005;
Other Visual Studio 2005 Topics;
Other Developer Topics;
Appendix : More Great Developer Resources;
Developer Step by Step;
Developer Reference;
Advanced Topics;

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