Assess Solution Limitations


The purpose of Assess Solution Limitations is to determine the factors internal to the solution that restrict the full realization of value.


Assessing solution limitations identifies the root causes for under-performing and ineffective solutions and solution components.

Assess Solution Limitations is closely linked to the task Assess Enterprise Limitations (p. 177). These tasks may be performed concurrently. If the solution has not met its potential value, business analysts determine which factors, both internal and external to the solution, are limiting value. This task focuses on the assessment of those factors internal to the solution.

This assessment may be performed at any point during the solution life cycle. It may occur on a solution component during its development, on a completed solution prior to full implementation, or on an existing solution that is currently working within an organization. Regardless of the timing, the assessment activities are similar and involve the same considerations.

  • Identify Internal Solution Component Dependencies
  • Investigate Solution Problems
  • Impact Assessment
Guidelines and Tools:
  • Change Strategy
  • Risks Analysis Results
  • Solution Scope
  • Acceptance and Evaluation Criteria
  • Benchmarking and Market Analysis
  • Business Rules Analysis
  • Data Mining
  • Decision Analysis
  • Interviews
  • Item Tracking
  • Lessons Learned
  • Risk Analysis and Management
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Survey or Questionnaire
  • Stakeholders:
    • Customer
    • Domain Subject Matter Expert
    • End User
    • Regulator
    • Sponsor
    • Tester
  • Solution Limitation
  • Knowledge Area:
  • Solution Evaluation