P120-3 Preliminary Analysis Phase

Intended Audience

The key participants in the Preliminary Analysis phase (System Architect and other members of the architecture team, Business System Manager, Project Manager).


The Preliminary Analysis (“PA”) phase focuses on feasibility. It guides the team to clarify the business capability that is desired, establish how that capability will contribute toward business value, and then seek answers to all the questions that affect feasibility. It requires a multi-disciplinary team to integrate business perspectives, architectural concerns and organizational change management issues.

This learning event enables the learner to use Macroscope material to configure an optimum approach to feasibility in their own situations.


Participants should have attended the following or have equivalent experience:

The following event is strongly recommended – either before or after attending P120-3:

Target Competencies

At the end of this event, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the position, purpose and benefits of the preliminary analysis phase relative to the other phases;
  • Describe all of the essential aspects of feasibility – business functionality, quality requirements, coherent architecture models, technology, organizational change, estimates and value case;
  • Describe the usefulness of the different deliverables suggested in the PA phase – both for determining feasibility and for later activities in delivering and maintaining the system solution;
  • Identify some techniques used to produce these deliverables;
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of the main participants.


  1. Introduction
  2. Overview of the Preliminary Analysis Phase
  3. Examine Current Systems and Define Success
  4. Examine the Business Requirements
  5. Establish Direction for a Solution
  6. Draft a User-perceivable Solution
  7. Determine Technical Cost and Feasibility
  8. Determine Cost-effectiveness
  9. Conclusion

Delivery Mode and Duration

In-class learning: 2 days

Pedagogical Approach

Presentations, discussions, exercises and examples.


Each participant must have a computer available (shared with one other participant if necessary) with access to the current version of Macroscope.

In addition, the standard supporting products should be installed (e.g. Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader.)

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