Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

Readiness & Fit Analysis

All governance practice is based on cultural and social assumptions. When adopting new governance practices, leaders often find mismatches between those assumptions and the realities within their organizations. The Readiness & Fit Analysis (RFA) technique is designed to uncover risks and create mitigation strategies when adopting new  governance practices, especially distributed governance.RFA helps those entering into new governance environments to

  1. create a profile of the assumptions inherent in the new governance practices
  2. map those assumptions against the current cultural and social realities of the organization

RFA is adapted for system-of-system environments from successful uses in the adoption of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies and process improvement initiatives. This technique can help people involved in systems of systems from all levels of the enterprise—senior leaders, policy makers, program managers, CIOs, technical managers, technical leads, system implementers, and users—make explicit the adoption risks related to a selected governance or acquisition approach.