AWS Well-Architected Tool
User Guide

Step 1: Define a Workload

We begin by defining the workload.

To define a workload

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS Well-Architected Tool console at


    The IAM user who performs the workload review must have full access permissions to AWS WA Tool.

  2. In the Define a workload section, choose Define workload.

  3. In the Name box, we enter Retail Website - North America as the workload name.

  4. In the Description box, we enter a description for the workload.

                        Picture showing the first part of the Define
                                workload page.
  5. In the Industry type box, we choose Retail & Wholesale as the type of industry.

  6. In the Industry box, we choose Specialty/Luxury as the industry category.

  7. In the Environment box, we indicate that the workload is in a production environment.

                        Picture showing the second part of the Define
                                workload page.
  8. Our workload runs on both AWS and at our local data center:

    1. We select AWS Regions, and choose the two regions in North America where the workload runs.

    2. We also select Non-AWS regions, and enter a name for our local data center.

                        Picture showing the third part of the Define
                                workload page.
  9. The Account IDs box is optional, and we chose not to associate any AWS accounts with this workload.

  10. We choose Define workload to save these values and define the workload.

                        Picture showing the fourth and last part of the Define
                                workload page.
  11. After the workload is defined, you can choose Start review to begin your workload review.

                        Picture showing the start review screen.