1-888-310-4540 (main) / 1-888-707-6150 (support) info@spkaa.com
Select Page

SDLC Basics: The Vision Statement

Published by SPK Blog Post
on April 16, 2012

In the Beginning

In the beginning, there was an idea. The idea took shape and became a project. The project became an application and the application got used.

Or maybe it didn’t get used. Maybe it was completely the wrong application for the business. Or maybe it was the right application, but no one knew exactly what to do with it.

Although there are many places for a project to go right or wrong, having a clear vision, communicated effectively to the project team, is a good place to start down the right path.

Vision and the SDLC

Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to bone up on the Software Development Lifecycle to see how your current project can be improved. Or maybe you’re about to lead your first new project. Wherever you’re at, be sure to take a step back and review the basics. This installment of SDLC Basics will focus on the creation and documentation of the Vision Statement.

The Scenario

A large software company’s sales force use five applications. One app is to track small business customers; the second app tracks corporate customers; another app tracks government customers; the fourth app is for order management; and the final application is for reports. Oh yes, and then there are the applications for calendars and to-do lists. This doesn’t sound very efficient, does it? So, someone in the company, maybe a sales manager, has an idea to create one application to access the data from the other applications and roll key data points into a dashboard.

Executives meet and the project gets the support to get underway. The Vision Statement is created and communicated to the project team. What should the vision statement look like and how should it be communicated?

Some Dos and Don’ts

  • The Vision Statement should be short and to the point, not a multi-page document. Some classic examples from successful businesses are only one sentence long;
  • The vision should be clear. It should not be cluttered by verbosity;
  • Most (and preferably all) of the project team should “get it”;
  • It should not dictate specifics. That will come later in the SDLC;
  • It should be something that can pull people back on track when “rabbit trails” have been visited.

An Example

For the scenario above, our Vision Statement could look something like this: “We will develop an application that allows our sales force to quickly see sales data and orders for any customer, anytime, anywhere.”

Effective Communication

Now that a vision has been developed, how is it communicated to the team? One suggestion is to include it in an email, memo or meeting to kick off the project. It should also be written at the top of all project documentation – the project scope and plans, development docs, test docs, etc. It’s the constant reminder to the team of the project’s focal point.

In the next installment of SDLC Basics, we will drill down into the details of a Scope Document.

Latest White Papers

How CloudBees Uses Feature Management to Gain Competitive Advantage

How CloudBees Uses Feature Management to Gain Competitive Advantage

In this whitepaper, you’ll discover how CloudBees Feature Management Flags can help you gain a competitive advantage in the market.  Discover CloudBees Feature Management In this CloudBees Feature flag whitepaper, you’ll learn: How to increase your developer...

Related Resources

Salesforce Migrates DevOps to the Cloud with CloudBees CI

Salesforce Migrates DevOps to the Cloud with CloudBees CI

Industry:  Software Geography: Global Salesforce empowers software developers to create high-quality, secure enterprise apps on its Force.com platform by moving development operations to the cloud using CloudBees CI and Amazon EKS. Challenge: Migrate app development...

STRATTEC Security Corporation’s PTC Windchill PLM ROI Case Study

STRATTEC Security Corporation’s PTC Windchill PLM ROI Case Study

STRATTEC Security Corporation deployed PTC Windchill to replace its existing product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. Additionally, they wanted to improve product design tracking and collaboration. Nucleus found that PTC Windchill PLM enables increased...

Moving Code Corp to the Atlassian Cloud

Moving Code Corp to the Atlassian Cloud

Code Corp has around 250 users of their Atlassian suite and specializes in high-performance barcode readers and scanning software. This hardware and software provide data capture for many different industries and use cases. Additionally, they power track-and-trace...