AWS Well-Architected Tool
User Guide

Step 2: Review the Workload

To review the workload, you answer questions across the five pillars of the AWS Well-Architected Framework: operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, and cost optimization.

For each question, choose the best practices you are following from the list provided. If you need details about a best practice, choose Info and view the additional information and resources in the right panel.


                Picture showing the question and answer portion of a workload
                    review.

Choose Next to get to the next question. You can use the left panel to navigate to a different question in the same pillar or to a question in one of the other pillars.

If you choose Question does not apply to this workload or None of these, we recommend that you include the reason in the optional Notes box. These notes are included as part of the workload review report and can be helpful in the future as changes are made to the workload.


                Picture showing using the Notes field when answering a question.

You can pause the question and answer portion of a workload review by choosing Save and exit at any time. To resume the review later, reopen the AWS WA Tool console, choose Workloads in the left navigation pane, and select the name of the workload to open the workload details page. Choose Continue review and then navigate to where you paused your review.

After you answer all of the questions, the review overview for the workload appears. You can review these details now or navigate to them later by choosing Workloads in the left navigation pane and selecting the name of the workload.


                Picture showing using the workload details page.

After completing the first review of your workload, you should save a milestone and generate a workload review report. A milestone captures the current state of the workload review and enables you to measure future progress as you make changes based on your improvement plan.

From the workload details page, we choose Save milestone, enter Version 1.0 - initial review as the Milestone name, and choose Save.


                Picture showing the Save milestone action.

You also might want to generate a workload review report at this time. Choose Generate report and a PDF file is created. The file contains the status of the workload review, the status of the workload review for each of the five pillars of the AWS Well-Architected Framework, and the answers to all of the review questions.