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					                                        FEASIBILITY STUDY

        Phase/Activity                           Task/Subtasks                              Potential
                                                                                          Deliverables
 Note: The feasibility study may be a project by itself. Its results provide the basis for determining
 whether a project should be chartered to deliver the product or service solution. Exceptions to this rule
 may occur when management has determined that the feasibility study will be a phase in a project to be
 chartered.
 Note: The degree of detail required will vary from project to project. It should be decided upon when
 the feasibility study project is chartered.
 The following activities, tasks and deliverables should be reviewed for each project on a case-by-case
 basis. Projects may utilize this model and adapt or tailor to the specific needs of the project. This means
 that not all activities and tasks are necessary for every project, and that additional activities and tasks
 may need to be included.
 Note: The numbering starts at “3” to enable integration into the project management lifecycle
 “Execution Phase” which is the third of five project phases.
 3.1 Phase - Feasibility Study

 3.1.1 Define Mission             Review the projects product description and       Product Description
       Statement                  confirm the principal business objectives of
                                  the proposed project.

                                  Obtain agreement on the level of detail
                                  required for study, expectations for
                                  feasibility report format, formulas, and
                                  criteria to be used.

                                  Determine if the project must follow the
                                  DAS requirements for cost benefit analysis
                                  and reporting formats.


 3.1.2 Define Study Boundary      Identify the business area(s) that are to be      Context Diagram
                                  studied.
                                                                                    Major Functions
                                  Identify critical business issues.
                                                                                    Critical Business Issues
                                  Identify business functions.
                                                                                    Existing Entity
                                  Identify the data subjects that are relevant to   Relationship Diagram
                                  the business area.
                                                                                    Existing data dictionary
                                  Identify sources and recipients of data.

 3.1.3 Identify Key               Identify users, sponsors, responsible             List of participants
       Participants               application development managers,
                                  managers from other technology areas (e.g.,
                                  computer operations), and vendors.


 3.1.4 Research & Analyze         Evaluate the existing system(s) to determine      Description of existing
       Existing Systems           strengths and weaknesses.                         system(s)
                                                                                    Business function/
                                                                                    system matrix



 3.1.5.Determine the Impact      Identify which existing development efforts        Statement of impact on
       on Existing Systems       are affecting the area under study.                existing efforts
       Development


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                                       FEASIBILITY STUDY
        Phase/Activity                          Task/Subtasks                              Potential
                                                                                         Deliverables

 3.1.6.Define Hi-Level           Define data requirements by extending the         Data Dictionary (data
       Business Requirements     model started in Activity 3.1.2 to include        element descriptions for
                                 data element and data flow definitions.           identified attributes, data
                                                                                   flow definitions, and
                                 Define business functions (extend the             data entity definitions)
                                 definition of functions identified in Activity
                                 3.1.2 above) and their inputs and outputs.        Function hierarchy
                                                                                   diagram or an equivalent
                                 Define constraints (delivery time/target          representation of the
                                 dates, volumes and frequency of use, budget       business functions
                                 restrictions, technological limitations, etc.).
                                                                                   Data Flow diagrams (if
                                 Note: The results of this activity should be      needed)
                                 used in the development project(s) if they
                                 are authorized.                                   Function Descriptions

                                                                                   Statement of constraints
                                                                                   and assumptions

 3.1.7 Recommend Systems         Identify design alternatives; including           Design alternative
       Solution                  acquisition options (this requires high-level     descriptions
                                 designs and investigation of acquisition
                                 options) with the major functional areas of       Cost/Benefits Analysis
                                 OIS, i.e. CRM, NDS, ISE, T&S, PMO.
                                                                                   Recommendation and
                                 Determine cost and benefit estimates for          rationale (a section of the
                                 each alternative.                                 Feasibility Report)

                                 Identify, justify and seek an agreement
                                 decision with OIS cross-sections for a
                                 preferred alternative.

 3.1.8 Describe Development      Identify product delivery phases.                 Development strategy
       Strategy                                                                    description (choice of
                                 Describe the development approach (e.g.,          the lifecycle model(s) to
                                 package acquisition, rapid application            be used to implement the
                                 development, traditional development,             solution(s))
                                 enhancement of existing systems, etc.).

                                 Prepare an initial (high-level) project plan,
                                 including an activity list, statement of
                                 resource requirements, estimate, and
                                 schedule.

 3.1.9 Prepare and submit        Document findings in a report to the              Feasibility Report
       Feasibility Report        Steering Committee and/or Executive Staff
                                 and/or ISSC.




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