This is an activity that helps the participants understand and visualize their current dependencies and capabilities in regards to technical tools and implementation environment.
Mostly technical staff, but with business people present to hear about any technical limitations of key software packages.
At the last possible responsible moment when deciding on central pieces of software that will make up the product or its infrastructure.
A facilitator soliciting input from the participants about different services the product will need/uses. The services are listed in a column, along with build/buy/open-source indicators with examples. A conversation ensues to decide which tools can be used.
Whiteboard, large sticky notes, and dry-erase markers.
This is a group-wide activity The services are listed in a column, along with build/buy/open-source indicators with examples.
Try to keep this exercise less than an hour.
Authentication OpenSource Authlogic, Devise Logging OpenSource Log4r, Splunk, LogStash App Performance Buy NewRelic