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Table of Contents

Summary

Audit Scope and Dimensions

Functional Specification Audit

Requirements Analysis Audit

Business Requirements

System Requirements

User Requirements

Operations Requirements

Conceptual Design Audit

Logical Design Audit

Physical Design Audit

Master Project Plan Audit

Development Plan Audit

Test Plan Audit

Communication Plan Audit

Microsoft Support Plan Audit

Operations Plan Audit

Security

Availability

Capacity

Monitoring

Performance

Support

Backup and Recovery

End-User Support Plan Audit

Deployment Plan Audit

Training Plan Audit

Purchasing and Facilities Plan Audit

Migration Plan Audit

Pilot Plan Audit

Budget Plan Audit

Tools Plan Audit

 


 

[Introduction to the Template

 

Description: The Traceability Audit documents the processes of 1) comparing specifications to what was actually developed and plans to actual events, 2) identifying if and where change control process broke down, and 3) determining the cause of all variations and deviations. The comparison process focuses on Functional Specification and the Master Project Plan and looks at what occurred in the development phase and how that was different than planned. These differences could take the form of feature reduction, elimination, creation; modifications in the Functional Specification; or scope/schedule/budget changes in the Master Project Plan. The comparison process will also discover if those documents were maintained through the change control procedure. If not, they must be updated and change requests made.

 

Justification: A project must satisfy the criteria upon which it was established during the envisioning and planning phases. Its documentation represents the discipline and commitment of a team dedicated to delivering quality. The traceability audit process confirms quality documentation or remediates existing documentation to expected standards. In addition, the development phase must be assessed to ensure that what was committed to during early phases has been actually built. The traceability audit will also confirm or remediate this. 

 

The result of a traceability audit, regardless of its intermediate findings, is a project with current and accurate documentation and development results aligned with the Functional Specification.

 

{Team Role Primary: Program Management is responsible for ensuring that the audit is performed and the documentation is completed. Test is responsible for validating that all testing is completed and every portion of the delivery has been tested and reported in accordance to plan. Development is responsible for managing the action items for any remaining delivery activities to ensure the return audit results are acceptable.

 

Team Role Secondary: Product Management will review audit results in order to discuss the status of the build to external stakeholders. Release Management will review audit results to ensure that support, operational, security and deployment concerns have been audited and passed successfully. User Experience will review audit results in order to confirm that user experience requirements have been met.}]

 


 

Summary

[Description: Provide an overall summary of the contents of this document.

 

Justification: Some project participants may need to know only the highlights of the audit, and summarizing creates that user view. It also enables the full reader to know the essence of the document before they examine the details.]

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Audit Scope and Dimensions

[Description: The Audit Scope and Dimensions section defines the scope of the audit and the documents and project activities currently under review. This section should also include a description of the audit approach (audit model), evaluation criteria, and the qualifications of the audit team.

 

Justification: This information provides context for the remaining document and establishes authority and audit parameters.]

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Functional Specification Audit

[Description: The Functional Specification Audit section describes the results of auditing the set of documents that together are called the Functional Specification.]

 

Requirements Analysis Audit

[Description: The Requirements Analysis Audit section describes the results of auditing the four types of requirements documents.]

 

Business Requirements

[Description: The Business Requirements section describes the results of the audit of the business requirements document. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject requirements document, and the list of variations found between the developed solution and the contents of the requirements document. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.]

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System Requirements

[Description: The System Requirements section describes the results of the audit of the system requirements document. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject requirements document, and the list of variations found between the developed solution and the contents of the requirements document. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.]

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User Requirements

[Description: The User Requirements section describes the results of the audit of the user requirements document. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject requirements document, and the list of variations found between the developed solution and the contents of the requirements document. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.]

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Operations Requirements

[Description: The Operations Requirements section describes the results of the audit of the business requirements document. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject requirements document, and the list of variations found between the developed solution and the contents of the requirements document. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.]

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Conceptual Design Audit

[Description: The Conceptual Design Audit section describes the results of the audit of the conceptual design document. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject design document, and the list of variations found between the developed solution and the contents of the design document. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.

 

This section may also contain the results of a traceability audit between the conceptual design and the previous requirements documents.]

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Logical Design Audit

[Description: The Logical Design Audit section describes the results of the audit of the logical design document. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject design document, and the list of variations found between the developed solution and the contents of the design document. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.

 

This section may also contain the results of a traceability audit between the logical design and the previous requirements documents.]

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Physical Design Audit

[Description: The Physical Design Audit section describes the results of the audit of the physical design document. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject design document, and the list of variations found between the developed solution and the contents of the design document. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.

 

This section may also contain the results of a traceability audit between the physical design and the previous requirements documents.]

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Master Project Plan Audit

[Description: The Master Project Plan Audit section describes the results of auditing the set of documents that together are called the Master Project Plan.]

 

Development Plan Audit

[Description: The Development Plan Audit section describes the results of the audit of the development plan. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject plan, and the list of variations found between the actual development activities and resulting developed solution and the activities defined in the plan. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.]

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Test Plan Audit

[Description: The Test Plan Audit section describes the results of the audit of the test plan. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject plan, and the list of variations found between the actual test activities and resulting developed solution and the activities defined in the plan. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.]

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Communication Plan Audit

[Description: The Communication Plan Audit section describes the results of the audit of the communication plan. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject plan, and the list of variations found between the actual communication activities and those defined in the plan. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.]

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Microsoft Support Plan Audit

[Description: The Microsoft Support Plan Audit section describes the results of the audit of the Microsoft support plan. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject plan, and the list of variations found between the actual support activities and resulting developed solution and the activities defined in the plan. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.]

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Operations Plan Audit

[Description: The Operations Plan Audit section describes the results of the audit of the operations plan. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject plan, and the list of variations found between the actual operations implementation activities and resulting developed solution and the activities defined in the plan. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause. 

This section also contains sub-sections for each of the plans that together comprise the operations plan. Each of these sections should also contain the above-stated information.]

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Security

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Availability

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Capacity

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Monitoring

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Performance

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Support

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Backup and Recovery

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End-User Support Plan Audit

[Description: The End-User Support Plan Audit section describes the results of the audit of the end-user support plan. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject plan, and the list of variations found between the actual support activities and resulting developed solution and the activities defined in the plan. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.]

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Deployment Plan Audit

[Description: The Deployment Plan Audit section describes the results of the audit of the deployment plan. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject plan, and the list of variations found between the actual deployment activities and resulting developed solution and the activities defined in the plan. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.]

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Training Plan Audit

[Description: The Training Plan Audit section describes the results of the audit of the training plan. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject plan, and the list of variations found between the actual training activities and resulting developed solution and the activities defined in the plan. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.]

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Purchasing and Facilities Plan Audit

[Description: The Purchasing and Facilities Plan Audit section describes the results of the audit of the purchasing and facilities plan. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject plan, and the list of variations found between 1) the actual purchasing activities and 2) the preparation of the facilities and the resulting developed solution, and the activities defined in the plan. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.]

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Migration Plan Audit

[Description: The Migration Plan Audit section describes the results of the audit of the migration plan. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject plan, and the list of variations found between the actual migration activities and resulting developed solution and the activities defined in the plan. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.]

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Pilot Plan Audit

[Description: The Pilot Plan Audit section describes the results of the audit of the pilot plan. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject plan, and the list of variations found between the actual pilot activities and resulting developed solution and the activities defined in the plan. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.]

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Budget Plan Audit

[Description: The Budget Plan Audit section describes the results of the audit of the budget plan. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject plan, and the list of variations found between the actual budget and resulting developed solution and the estimated budget defined in the plan. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.]

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Tools Plan Audit

[Description: The Tools Plan Audit section describes the results of the audit of the tools plan. This information should include the date of the audit, the version of the subject plan, and the list of variations found between the actual tools used and resulting developed solution and the tools defined in the plan. For each variation, describe its character. For each variation, or set of similar variations, describe its cause.]

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