Implementation plan


The Implementation Plan describes how the information system will be deployed, installed and transitioned into an operational system. The plan contains an overview of the system, a brief description of the major tasks involved in the implementation, the overall resources needed to support the implementation effort (such as hardware, software. facilities, materials, and personnel), and any site-specific implementation requirements.

The plan is developed during the Design Phase and is updated during the Development Phase; the final version is provided in the Integration and Test Phase and is used for guidance during the Implementation Phase. The outline shows the structure of the Implementation Plan. 1INTRODUCTION This section provides an overview of the information system and includes any additional information that may be appropriate. 1. 1Purpose This section describes tile purpose of the Implementation Plan. Reference the system name and identify information about the system to be implemented.

System Overview

This section provides a brief overview of the system to be implemented, including a description of the system and its organization.

System Description

This section provides an overview of the processes the system is intended to support. If the system is a database or an information system, provide a general discussion of the description of the type of data maintained and the operational sources and uses of those data.

System Organization

This section provides a brief description of system structure and the major system components essential to the implementation of the system.

It should describe both hardware and software, as appropriate. Charts, diagrams, and graphics may be included as necessary.

Project References

This section provides a bibliography of key project references and deliverables that have been produced before this point in the project development.


Provide a glossary of all terms and abbreviations used in the manual. If it is several pages in length, it may be placed in an appendix.


The subsequent sections provide a brief description of the implementation and major tasks involved in this section.

Description of Implementation

This section provides a brief description of the system and the planned deployment, installation, and implementation approach.

Points of Contact

In this section, identify the System Proponent, the name of the responsible organization(s), and titles and telephone numbers of the staff who serve as points of contact for the system implementation. These points of contact could include the Project Manager. Program Manager, Security Manager. Database Administrator, Configuration Management Manager, or other managers with responsibilities relating to the system implementation.

The site implementation representative for each field installation or implementation site should also he included, if appropriate. List all managers and staff with whom the implementation must be coordinated.

Major Tasks

This section provides a brief description of each major task required for the implementation of the system. Add as many subsections as necessary to this section to describe all the major tasks adequately. The tasks described in this section are not site-specific, but generic or overall project tasks that are required to install hardware and software, prepare data, and verify the system.

Include the following information for the description of each major task, if appropriate:

  • What the task will accomplish
  • Resources required to accomplish the task
  • Key person(s) responsible for the task
  • Criteria for successful completion of the task

Examples of major tasks are the following:

  • Providing overall planning and coordination for the implementation
  • Providing appropriate training for personnel
  • Ensuring that all manuals applicable to the implementation effort are available when needed
  • Providing all needed technical assistance Scheduling any special computer processing required for the implementation
  • Performing site surveys before implementation
  • Ensuring that all prerequisites have been fulfilled before the implementation date
  • Providing personnel for the implementation team
  • Acquiring special hardware or software
  • Performing data conversion before loading data into the system
  • Preparing site facilities for implementation

Implementation Schedule

In this section, provide a schedule of activities to be accomplished during implementation. Show the required tasks (described in Section 2. , Major Tasks) in chronological order, with the beginning and end dates of each task.


If appropriate for the system to be implemented, include an overview of the system security features and requirements during the implementation.

System Security Features

In this section, provide an overview and discussion of the security features that will be associated with the system when it is implemented. It should include the primary security features associated with the system hardware and software. Security and protection of sensitive bureau data and information should be discussed, if applicable.

Reference the sections of previous deliverables that address system security issues, if appropriate.

Security During Implementation

This section addresses security issues specifically related to the implementation effort, if any. For example, if LAN servers or workstations will he installed at a site with sensitive data preloaded on non-removable hard disk drives, address how security would be provided for the data on these devices during shipping, transport, and installation because theft of the devices could compromise the sensitive data.


This section describes the support software, materials, equipment, and facilities required for the implementation, as well as the personnel requirements and training necessary for the implementation. The information provided in this section is not site-specific. If there arc additional support requirements not covered by the subsequent sections, others may be added as needed.

Hardware, Software, Facilities, and Materials

In this section, list support software, materials, equipment, and facilities required for the implementation, if any.


This section provides a list of support equipment and includes all hardware used for testing time implementation. For example, if a client/server database is implemented on a LAN, a network monitor or “ sniffer” might be used, along with test programs. to determine the performance of the database and LAN at high-utilization rates. If the equipment is site-specific, list it in Section 4, Implementation Requirements by Site.


This section provides a list of software and databases required to support the implementation. Identify the software by name, code, or acronym.

Identify which software is commercial off-the-shelf and which is State-specific. Identify any software used to facilitate the implementation process. If the software is site-specific, list it in Section


In this section, identify the physical facilities and accommodations required during implementation. Examples include physical workspace for assembling and testing hardware components, desk space for software installers, and classroom space for training the implementation stall. Specify the hours per day needed, number of days, and anticipated dates.

If the facilities needed are site-specific, provide this information in Section 4, Implementation Requirements by Site.


This section provides a list of required support materials, such as magnetic tapes and disk packs.


This section describes personnel requirements and any known or proposed staffing requirements, if appropriate. Also describe the training, if any, to be provided for the implementation staff.

Personnel Requirements and Staffing

In this section, describe the number of personnel, length of time needed, types of skills, and skill levels for the staff required during the mplementation period. If particular staff members have been selected or proposed for the implementation, identify them and their roles in the implementation.

Training of Implementation Staff

This section addresses the training, if any, necessary to prepare staff for implementing and maintaining the system; it does not address user training, which is the subject of the Training Plan. Describe the type and amount of training required for each of the following areas, if appropriate, for the system:

  • System hardware/software installation
  • System support
  • System maintenance and modification

Present a training curriculum listing the courses that will be provided, a course sequence. and a proposed schedule. If appropriate, identify which courses particular types of staff should attend by job position description. If training will be provided by one or more commercial vendors, identify them, the course name(s), and a brief description of the course content. If the training will be provided by State staff, provide the course name(s) and an outline of the content of each course. Identify the resources, support materials, and proposed instructors required to teach the course(s).

Performance Monitoring

This section describes the performance monitoring tool and techniques and how it will be used to help decide if the implementation is successful.

Configuration Management Interface

This section describes the interactions required with the Configuration Management (CM) representative on CM-related issues, such as when software listings will be distributed, and how to confirm that libraries have been moved from the development to the productionenvironment.


This section describes specific implementation requirements and procedures.

If these requirements and procedures differ by site, repeat these subsections for each site; if they are the same for each site, or if there is only one implementation site, use these subsections only once. The “ X” in the subsection number should be replaced with a sequenced number beginning with I. Each subsection with the same value of “ X” is associated with the same implementation site. If a complete set of subsections will be associated with each implementation site, then “ X” is assigned a new value for each site.

Site Name or identification for Site X

This section provides the name of the specific site or sites to be discussed in the subsequent sections.

Site Requirements

This section defines the requirements that must he met for the orderly implementation of the system and describes the hardware, software, and site-specific facilities requirements for this area. Any site requirements that do not fall into the following three categories and were not described in Section 3, Implementation Support, may be described in this section, or other subsections may be added following Facilities Requirements below:

  • Hardware Requirements – Describe the site-specific hardware requirements necessary to support the implementation (such as. LAN hardware for a client/server database designed to run on a LAN).
  • Software Requirements – Describe any software required to implement the system (such as, software specifically designed for automating the installation process).
  • Data Requirements – Describe specific data preparation requirements and data that must be available for the system implementation. An example would be the assignment of individual IDs associated with data preparation.
  • Facilities Requirements – Describe the site-specific physical facilities and accommodations required during the system implementation period. Some examples of this type of information are provided in Section
Site implementation

Details This section addresses the specifics of the implementation for this site. Include a description of the implementation team, schedule, procedures, and database and data updates. This section should also provide information on the following:

  • Team–If an implementation team is required, describe its composition and the tasks to be performed at this site by each team member. Schedule–Provide a schedule of activities, including planning and preparation, to be accomplished during implementation at this site. Describe the required tasks in chronological order with the beginning and end dates of each task. If appropriate, charts and graphics may be used to present the schedule.
  • Procedures–Provide a sequence of detailed procedures required to accomplish the specific hardware and software implementation at this site. If necessary, other documents may be referenced. If appropriate, include a step-by-step sequence of the detailed procedures. A checklist of the installation events may he provided to record the results of the process. If the site operations startup is an important factor in the implementation, then address startup procedures in some detail. If the system will replace an already operating system, then address the startup and cutover processes in detail. If there is a period of parallel operations with an existing system, address the startup procedures that include technical and operations support during the parallel cycle and the consistency of data within the databases of the two systems. Database–Describe the database environment where the software system and the database(s), if any, will be installed. Include a description of the different types of database and library environments (such as, production, test, and training databases).
  • •Include the host computer database operating procedures, database file and library naming conventions, database system generation parameters, and any other information needed to effectively establish the system database environment. Include database administration procedures for testing changes, if any, to the database management system before the system implementation.
  • •Data Update–If data update procedures are described in another document, such as the operations manual or conversion plan, that document may be referenced here. The following are examples of information to be included: -Control inputs -Operating instructions -Database data sources and inputs -Output reports -Restart and recovery procedures

Back-Off Plan

This section specifies when to make the go/no go decision and the factors to be included in making the decision.

The plan then goes on to provide a detailed list of steps and actions required to restore the site to the original, pre-conversion condition,

Post-Implementation Verification

This section describes the process for reviewing the implementation and deciding if it was successful. It describes how an action item list will be created to rectify any noted discrepancies. It also references the Back-Off Plan for instructions on how to back-out the installation, if, as a result of the post-implementation verification, a no-go decision is made.