LINKProcess™ is RG's proven process for driving adoption of industry best practices that provides a framework for the consistent application of business analysis capabilities and enterprise delivery. At its core, it serves as a clear way to articulate the what a project will implement and exactly how it will be implemented.
The consistent application involved in LINKProcess™ requires a structured approach, supporting tools, and the establishment of a blueprint and roadmap to drive high-quality results. This structured approach is implemented through five interconnected areas of activity: Governance, Discover & Plan, Adapt, Adopt, and Formalization.
These areas provide a holistic approach to the requirements process for successful program delivery.
Governance is the first and foremost activity involved in LINKProcess™ that spans across the other four activities to integrate the entire project. It involves consistently making sure that your project is being kept within scope, remains integrated, and that each future activity is working toward the fulfillment of requirements.
This activity should include executive sponsors, program stakeholders, business process owners, and user communities. These stakeholders should be continually informed and involved not only during this first activity, but throughout the entire project. They are kept engaged in program delivery through facilitated workshops, reviews, and reports.
Discover & Plan
The second activity, Discover & Plan, involves assessing the goals and current status of the delivery program. These goals may include project initiation and scoping, analyzing the business environment, and developing the blueprint and roadmap for implementation.
During the next activity, practitioners use the blueprint to identify the most appropriate industry best practices and standards so that they can tailor them to the specific needs of the customer and organization.
These newly-tailored practices become program capability assets. They may include sub-processes, procedures, desk-side guides, techniques, and templates used in project execution.
Next, adoption occurs when program capability assets are piloted by selected project teams. These assets are monitored and tested before being refined based on feedback.
Practitioners will then collaborate with personnel in selected programs or projects to verify and validate the value of the capability assets and improve them as needed.
In this final activity, the project sponsor accepts the capability assets, bringing them under configuration control. The sponsor also authorizes the roll-out of the capability assets to project teams across the entire enterprise.
Project teams will be supported by training, coaching, and monitoring to ensure compliance, track progress and outcomes, and capture opportunities to continue improving processes and capability assets.
Although RG's LINKProcess™ may initially sound intimidating, the methodology is readily explained when broken down into these five key activities. When aligned with program objectives, the combination of Governance, Discovery & Planning, Adaptation, Adoption, and Formalization allows any project to be thoroughly executed and delivered with efficiency and success.