Microsoft Solutions Framework Essentials

Course:   MSFE
Duration:   3 Days
Level:   I
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Course Summary

This three-day, instructor-led course provides an introduction to the Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF). Key elements of this framework include the MSF Team and Process models, in addition to the Risk Management, Project Management, and Readiness Management disciplines. The course utilizes a combination of presentation lectures and hands-on activities.

Topics Covered In This Course

Introduction to the Microsoft Solutions Framework

  • Explain the purpose and key characteristics of MSF
  • Describe when and why MSF is used
  • Define key MSF terminology
  • Explain how improved solution strategy can alleviate the challenges to delivering technology solutions.
  • Identify how the problems of a failed IT project could have been solved if MSF had been applied.

Building an MSF Team

  • Describe the purposes and goals of each team member on an MSF project.
  • Identify a role cluster's tasks, responsibilities, and functional areas
  • Explain how to organize an MSF team with a specific number of participants.
  • Identify the six quality goals that drive the team and define the team model
  • List the characteristics of effective teams
  • Explain how MSF teams can be scaled up or down depending on need.
  • Explain how project management is distributed among team leads on an MSF project.
  • Describe the benefits provided to the team through the project management discipline.

Managing Project Risks

  • Explain how the risk management discipline is applied to an MSF project.
  • Describe the six steps in the MSF risk management process.

Establishing Your Project Life Cycle

  • Describe the five phases of the MSF process model and their major milestones.
  • Describe how the MSF team model relates to the MSF process model.

Starting Your Project

  • Explain the goal, milestones, and deliverables of the MSF envisioning phase.
  • Discuss the considerations for selecting and preparing a project team.
  • Identify and describe the recommended elements of a vision/ scope document.
  • Explain MSF techniques for managing solution scope

Planning Your Project

  • Explain the goal, milestones, and deliverables of the MSF planning phase.
  • Describe how MSF uses three different design views to support one solution.
  • Identify how the master project plan and its respective project plans guide the team on how to build the solution.
  • Describe the success criteria for the MSF planning phase.

Developing Your Solution

  • Explain the goal, milestones, and deliverables of the MSF developing phase.
  • Explain the goal, process, and output of testing during the developing phase of an MSF project.

Stabilizing Your Solution

  • Explain the MSF Stabilizing Phase.
  • Describe the tasks involved in testing and piloting a solution.

Deploying Your Solution

  • Explain the goal, milestones, and deliverables of the MSF deploying phase.
  • Describe the steps for deploying the solution to a production environment.
  • Describe the recommended activities involved in completing a project.
What You Can Expect
Who Should Take This Course

The primary audience for this course is IT project professionals, such as solution architects, solution developers, and systems engineers, who are responsible for planning, building, and deploying Microsoft solutions. This includes Microsoft customers, Microsoft partners, and Microsoft Consulting Services personnel. The course also helps individuals to prepare for the Microsoft Certified Professional Exam for Microsoft Solutions Framework (70-301).

Training Style

Instructor led.

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