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Coordinated cross geography architecture reviews for "work-flow" engine. 

HP's 1997 decision to become a major player in the open software market resulted in vastly expanded investment in nascent work-flow technology that was being developed by the office products organization in partnership with HP's central research laboratories based on a technology transfer. 

The fivefold increase in dedicated resources, additional layers of management and expanded corporate expectations resulted in parallel developments, in California, UK and India.  However, the core understanding of the system was split between the solution level knowledge centered in the UK and the core work-flow engine limited to the researchers and a small Californian development team. 

With the solution level development belonging historically to the UK development lab it was difficult for us to get visibility of the end-to-end architectural correctness.  It was clear that some of these architectural aspects could be ambiguous.  It was agreed to do end-to-end reviews of the solution. 

Coordinated a series of telephone conferences where the architects from each lab walked through each part of a work-flow.  Main aspects were:
  • Defined use cases that must be covered. 
  • Agreed schedule of presenters
  • Published meeting timetables to architects and their managers
  • Built end-to-end document detailing presented implementations and issues
  • Agreed impact of issues and plan to correct - including which release to be targeted.  

The end-to-end solution did include a number of interface problems.  These were identified and the recovery plan was executed.  Robustness of the solution improved. 
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  • A program approach can ensure strategic alignment. 
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