Readiness assessment process - AWS Prescriptive Guidance

Readiness assessment process

A readiness assessment consists of these four steps:

  1. Schedule the readiness assessment meeting and require attendance.

  2. Facilitate discussions by using an AWS CAF-aligned set of questions to guide the conversation.

  3. Analyze the gathered information, document observations, and determine next steps.

  4. Schedule and conduct a debrief.

The following sections discuss these steps in more detail.

Note

These steps are part of the AWS Migration Readiness Assessment (MRA) process; other approaches will vary.

Before you begin

  • Understand your organization’s strategy and scope for the assessment.

  • Gain buy-in to support the assessment process.

Tasks

  1. Schedule the readiness assessment meeting with the required attendees. See Choosing Attendees in the next section.

  2. Facilitate discussions by using an AWS CAF-aligned set of discussion starters (like the MRA tool). We recommend a 4-6 hour meeting with good cross-representation across your organization. This is a great opportunity to build consensus regarding the organization's current readiness state, identify and align around next actions, and determine any risks.

  3. Analyze the results, and build observations and next steps. After the MRA meeting, the team facilitating the MRA should meet and compare notes, analyze the results, and build the out-brief pitch that contains the summary observations and next steps to fill the identified gaps. This is also a good time to build a statement of work (SoW) for closing the identified gaps and completing the suggested next steps.

  4. Schedule and conduct a debrief. This can be done in as little as an hour, but be sure to bring any new attendees up-to-date on the process, share and review outputs, and agree on next steps.

Outputs

  • An out-brief deck that summarizes observations, and next steps

  • A scheduled meeting to review outputs and next steps

  • (Optional but recommended) Estimates and a proposal (for example, a SoW) for the work that needs to be completed