Managing change and developing blueprints for sophisticated products is not easy. A complex undertaking doesn't necessitate a collection of complex processes, especially if more effort is expended understanding the process than addressing the task at hand. However, a few well defined processes, tools and techniques can provide a simple vocabulary to the teams of people charged with a complex initiative.
These are the types of components that you will encounter as you navigate the objective enterprise framework. A limited and well defined set of components, simplifies the understanding, selection, adaptation and use of supporting techniques and tools.
- The objective enteprise is centered around two simple processes, Manage change and produce capability. Each process has four major milestones and suggested completion criteria in the form of products, for achieving the milestones. The processes define what should be done and in what sequence, not how to accomplish a particular task. The processes can be augmented by processes provided by standards bodies, government organizations and private industry. The two processes of the objective enterprise help in the understanding of the numerous processes available, how they interrelate and how they could be used together. This facilitates the task of integrating available processes.
- Products mark the end of a task or activity. As such, products define a process as much as the process itself. More important than the specific content, form or tool used to create the product, is the intent. If the intent is met, the product can be said to be complete.
- Concepts form the vocabulary of the objective enterprise. A few terms are defined to create a limited, but consistent set of concepts. Wherever possible, standard english-language definitions are retained. When this is not possible, industry glossaries and dictionaries are cited.
- Active roadmaps and blueprints are the prime artifacts of the framework. They embody important disciplines while providing, to all, visibility to the work that needs to be done and the products to be delivered and how objectives are ultimately achieved. They capture the key elements of the products of the processes above, aiming towards understanding and acceptance from beginning to end, by stakeholders and participants alike.
- Disciplines spell out how a particular task is accomplished or how a product is created. Numerous techniques and tools exist. The disciplines outlined in the objective enterprise framework provide a basis for their understanding, selection, adaptation and use.