Ensure internal and external capabilities are balanced for complete coverage and maximum efficiency, and define strategic priorities.
Identify the resources and processes necessary to make your release successful, provide them with operationalized requirements, and orient them around an actionable plan.
Execute until release, iterating through the Agile method, visualizing progress and informed at every step with the data essential for monitoring risks and making smart decisions.
The AIM Model zeroes in on key objectives vital to product development:
- Ensure that product investments drive the desired business outcomes
- Maximize the time and economic efficiency of development resources
- Minimize unanticipated changes and the cost of change when it happens
- Optimize the collaborative experience between the product and development teams
- Proactively mitigate project, legal, regulatory, and IP risks
- Correlate equivalent standard processes between teams and fill process gaps
As the first step in the AIM model, Alignment lays the foundation for your entire project's success. The focus of Alignment is on defining strategic priorities for the project and ensuring that internal and external capabilities are balanced for complete coverage and maximum efficiency. Alignment can be completed entirely before entering into any formal agreement. It is provided at no cost, and without obligation.
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Alignment is guided by a regional AIM Consultant, who facilitates a straightforward series of exercises. This step relies on vital input from the internal stakeholders ultimately responsible for strategic, financial, and operational aspects of the project. Additional elements may be included as necessary to accommodate compliance requirements, customer processes, and third-party relationships.
Alignment encompasses exercises focused on the Three Cs, as described below:
Guided exercise to identify in specific and measurable ways what success looks like to the primary stakeholders
An exercise in evaluating risks specific to the project, and prioritizing constraints including scope, schedule, and budget
After examining the responsibilities of each role required by the project, assessing which should be filled by internal versus external resources
The second step in the AIM model, Integration ensures a smooth transition from Alignment to the operational phase of your project. The focus of Integration is to identify the specific resources and processes necessary to make your project successful, and orient them around an actionable plan. This step brings your internal and external resources together, prepares the team for a successful collaboration, and establishes a communication cadence.
More information about the integration process is available from your Alignment Consultant.
The final step in the AIM model, Management encompasses the operational phase of your project. It is during Management that your project reaps the benefits of all of the previously completed planning and preparation. This step focuses attention on constant communication, following the established processes, and monitoring risks carefully. The tools provided during Management allow you to visualize progress as it unfolds and make proactive decisions right up until final delivery.
More information about the Management step is available from your Alignment Consultant.