Define Design Options


The purpose of Define Design Options is to define the solution approach, identify opportunities to improve the business, allocate requirements across solution components, and represent design options that achieve the desired future state.


When designing a solution, there may be one or more design options identified. Each design option represents a way to satisfy a set of requirements. Design options exist at a lower level than the change strategy, and are tactical rather than strategic. As a solution is developed, tactical trade-offs may need to be made among design alternatives. Business analysts must assess the effect these trade-offs will have on the delivery of value to stakeholders. As initiatives progress and requirements evolve, design options evolve as well.

  • Change Strategy
  • Requirements (validated)
  • Requirements (prioritized)
  • Requirements Architecture
  • Elements:
    • Define Solution Approaches
    • Identify Improvement Opportunities
    • Requirements Allocation
    • Describe Design Options
    Guidelines and Tools:
    • Existing Solutions
    • Future State Description
    • Requirements (traced)
    • Solution Scope
  • Benchmarking and Market Analysis
  • Brainstorming
  • Document Analysis
  • Interviews
  • Lessons Learned
  • Mind Mapping
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Survey or Questionnaire
  • Vendor Assessment
  • Workshops
  • Stakeholders:
    • Domain Subject Matter Expert
    • Implementation Subject Matter Expert
    • Operational Support
    • Project Manager
    • Supplier
  • Design Options
  • Knowledge Area:
  • Requirements Analysis and Design Definition