The Unicycle Methodology

The unicycle model is a classic methodology still used successfully today. Before using this model, a feasibility study establishes the justification for the project. Figure 4.5 shows that the project phases are closer than other methods and join in the center, which reflects project communications. The following phases are used:

Project feasibility and justification. After the project manager becomes familiar with the project feasibility report, he or she should ensure that the findings are valid and updated. The project manager determines the feasibility for the project during this phase.

User requirements. As with all projects, client requirements are mandatory. Some level of effort is required to determine all user requirements. The project cannot continue until this phase has been completed.

System design. When the user requirements have been specified and approved by the client and the project team, the project commences establishing a high-level design of the main functions of the proposed solution. The system design will decompose this high-level design into manageable parts.

Detailed design. After the project team has established the high-level design, a detailed design is prepared. The detail is captured in the project work breakdown structure (WBS) and the design documentation.

Buy or build. In many cases, depending on the level of detail, the design, and available resources, it may be necessary to buy the solution instead of developing it. This business-driven decision is made and implemented by the client.

Acceptance. All aspects of the solution need to be proven fully functional, documented, tested, validated, and acceptable to the client. This can be achieved through testing.

Commissioning. The commissioning is the actual commencement or deployment of the tried and tested solution. The client and users are provided with the necessary training. After all aspects are resolved, formal acceptance is agreed on.

Completion andpostimplementation audit. Closing the project involves ensuring that project resources are dissolved and released to their organizations. The postimplementation audit consists of performing a thorough project audit after a period of three to six months into its operational steady state. The audit provides many lessons and can be shared with other projects.

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  • Amna
    What is unicycle methodology?
    3 years ago

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