Architecture Delivery Model

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The entire concept of Architecture-as-a-Service is to move Client’s from an OPEX budget model where there is a continuous hunt for an Architect to a model where the Client can use their CAPEX budget and pay for deliverables. Clients are interested in receiving a deliverable that meets their requirements without having to worry about the process or the people that are creating the deliverable.
For this to occur, the processes and personnel that are creating the Architectural deliverable has to be the RESPONSIBILITY of ECSA. The Client may ultimately Accountable, but the focus of the Client is the Deliverable. This all occurs within the established relationship (created through the Retainer component) and, as ECSA works on producing the Deliverable, there is an interactive activity with the Client. But the Client moves the responsibility of the creation of the Deliverable to ECSA.

To that end, the Architecture Delivery model that will be used, once a Retainer agreement has been set up, is as follows:

Step 1

Initiation

The Client determines that they need architectural support and initiates the process with ECSA. The Client will select from the ECSA Capability Catalog.

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Fixed Price Quotation

ECSA determines what the Client needs and maps to ECSA Standardized Templates and Processes. ECSA creates a Fixed Price Quotation that is provided to the Client.

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Requirements / End Product

Once the Client has agreed to the scope of the activity, ECSA begins the Requirements Gathering activities and works with the Client to adapt the Standardized Template to ensure that the Client gets what they need.

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Internal Processes & Personnel

This is the iterative process associated with the delivery of the Architectural work product. ECSA Architects will be responsible for creating the deliverable, based on our standardized templates and processes but will be interacting with the Client. By taking an Iterative approach, the Client should not be surprised by the Deliverable provided. If the Client is surprised, it means we didn’t do our job.

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Deliverable Produced

Once the Deliverable is created, the Primary Stakeholder reviews and ensures that it meets their needs. Once the Primary Stakeholder signs off on receipt of the Deliverable, the Fixed Price is deducted from the Retainer.
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