Methodology

The Sure Step methodology as a framework
to operate a structured approach to projects

At AlfaPeople we immerse ourselves in your business to ensure we deliver successful project implementations that exceed the expected benefits you anticipate.

We offer the Sure Step methodology as a framework to operate a structured approach to projects. Sure Step is the official Microsoft Software Process for Dynamics projects. It is a best-practice methodology that clearly defines important project aspects including milestones, roles and responsibilities. The methodology also includes process phases and deliverables, and it can be tailored to fit various implementation approaches.

As no project or customer is the same, we identify the best solution on an individual basis. We strive to be flexible and agile, using only relevant parts of the Sure Step methodology, as the most important aspect is to find the best fit for your needs. Together with the customer we decide on the project approach, and, based on our experience, we define the correct methodology to provide most value to the customer and to find the right balance between agility, structure and results. The Sure Step methodology ensures that key elements and information are not overlooked.

Sure Step methodology benefits

The Sure Step methodology is designed especially for the delivery of Microsoft Dynamics projects.

Benefits for your business:

  • Accurate project estimation.
  • Improved planning and communication.
  • Reduced costs.
  • Risk reduction.
  • Better user adoption.
  • Improved ROI.

Project benefits

  • Proven implementation methodology framework.
  • Project management best practice.
  • Support of cross-phase processes to enhance quality for organizations, solutions and technology.

Solution envisioning with AlfaPeople

Under the Sure Step framework a number of business accelerators can help facilitate solution envisioning. This helps to ensure an understanding of the impact on your business, following an investment in a Microsoft Dynamics solution.

  • Proof of Concept (PoC).
  • Fit gap and solution blueprint.
  • Business case.
  • Scoping assessment.
  • Requirements and process review.
  • Architecture assessment.

AlfaPeople Project Tailoring

The Sure Step methodology is a strong project framework that is tailored to fit the complexity and size of different organizations.

We carefully investigate your businesses readiness, implementation duration, requirement complexity and any financial limitations. Based on this information, we select the right approach for each project.

Our most commonly used project approaches are:

  • AlfaPeople Hybrid – waterfall projects with agile phase approach.

Using the waterfall model, we use an iterative and incremental development approach, where requirements and solutions evolve or are fixed through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams. This approach promotes adaptive planning and evolutionary development and delivery, and it encourages a rapid and flexible response to change.

  • Waterfall

The waterfall approach is a sequential process, often used in software development. The progress flows steadily through the phases of analysis, design, development, deployment and operation. Each phase is completed and delivered as input to the next phase.

The Waterfall approach is the most commonly used approach for Enterprise Projects due to a high degree of complexity and the need for a coherent cross-functional solution.

We also support:

  • Upgrade projects—In most cases this starts with a technical update from an older solution version to later version, which may or may not be followed by an actual implementation project afterward.
  • Pure agile projects—This is typically used in smaller projects for small and mid-size customers.
  • Standard—Typically applied to projects for small to mid-sized organizations without enterprise-level complexity.

Agile implementation method

The agile project method is increasingly focused on due to today’s demands on throughput times, flexibility and costs. This approach considers change requests in the planning and implementation phases and reacts to new demands. The difference to the classic waterfall approach is primarily the agile and flexible handling of additionally emerging conditions throughout the course of the project. A large advantage here is that not all details of the goal have to be known at the project’s start.

Process steps of the agile method

Agile Implementation Method

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