The 6 Strata

A framework to focus on the key areas for success.

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Your framework for success

When you adopt the 345 Method you’ll use the 6 Strata model. This ensures you have a balanced portfolio of activities that each contribute to the overall success of your software build.

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You will start with strategy. Using the Determine Stratum you will make sure you have the foundations in place upon which you can build you success.

You will cover the following areas:

  • Strategy and Trends
  • Requirements and Results
  • Finance and Budget
  • Solution Architecture
  • Technical Architecture
  • Emotional Product Design
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You will apply best practices for software development to ensure you get the best from your team.

Under the Develop Stratum you will look at the following areas:

  • Developer Workstation
  • Source Code Management
  • Developer Workflow and Automation
  • Build and Continuous Integration
  • Productivity and Cost
  • Development Process
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You will cover all the bases to make sure that you have an all-round approach to testing and quality assurance.

In the Testing Stratum you will look at the following areas:

  • Product and Design Intent
  • Static Analysis
  • Unit Test
  • Integration Test
  • Performance and NFT
  • User and Usability
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Release marks the end of the developer work and the pipeline to Production. You will unblock the end of your pipeline so you can achieve rapid delivery, and the Release Stratum gives the essential ingredients for success in this area.

You will look at the following areas:

  • Triggers and Controls
  • Infrastructure as Code
  • Automation and Continuous Delivery
  • Release Security
  • Release Strategies
  • Verify and Smoke Test
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Good developers care about how their systems run in Production. It’s only when your software hits the real world that you can truly say that you have made a difference, that you have added value, that you have produced something people care about.

The 345 Method covers the bases to make sure you can successfully run and support your systems.

In the Run Stratum you will look at the following areas:

  • Dashboards, Diagnostics and Alerts
  • Repeatable Operations
  • Scalability and Performance
  • Resilience and Failover
  • Cost Optimisation
  • Operational Security
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You will build and maintain a great team. A great team that gives you the results you dream of and make delivering software a joy at the same time.

The 345 Method looks at factors that drive the performance of your delivery team and ensures they are pulling in the same direction.

In the Team Stratum you will look at the following areas:

  • Skills
  • Knowledge
  • Alignment
  • Automomy
  • Flex
  • Results